Welcome to the Music Department!
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The Music Department at Chesterton has been regarded as one of the strongest in the City. Proud of its inclusive policy and follows an essentially practical curriculum. This aims, through a series of integrated projects, to extend students’ experience in the central activities outlined in the National Curriculum.
The Music Department is housed in a purpose built block with two large teaching rooms, 5 practice rooms and a Music Technology room. The Department has an enthusiasm for a variety of music from Classical traditions through to World music. In addition to the usual classroom instruments, there is a large set of steel pans, a good sized Samba kit and a large number of djembes.
Music is a popular option at KS4. The broad scope of the Edexcel syllabus encourages students with a wide variety of musical interests and strengths to continue their study of the subject. Almost 50 students are currently working towards this examination, with a good balance of boys and girls. Results have been consistently high, often in the A*-A grade boundary.
Instrumental & Vocal Lessons
The Department benefits from the services of an excellent team of visiting instrumental teachers offering a wide range of instruments. Singers and instrumentalists are prepared for Associated Board, Trinity Guildhall and Rock School examinations where and when appropriate.
Music is valued at Chesterton and the Department offers a wide range of regular music making opportunities for enthusiastic players and singers. Please see the ‘Extra Curricular’ page for the current programme. There are many opportunities for public performances during the year. Highlights include the College Carol Service, formerly in Selwyn College, this Year at St John’s College, the Annual Spring Term Concert held at the University’s Concert Hall on West Road and out outdoor, social Prom in the Park concert in the Summer term.