Our school has a strong tradition of excellence in music. Many students learn and practice a variety of instruments under the tuition of a team of highly qualified visiting musicians and most become members of the varied groups and ensembles. There are biennial tours with recent successful tours including Belgium (2016), Spain (2015) and Italy (2013).  Opportunities have been achieved for the various music groups to perform at prestigious venues including Liverpool and Chester Cathedrals.

Music is taught throughout Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Staff teach across the age and ability range as well as leading extra curricular activities.

We have a suite of 5 rooms in the music department and we currently offer pupils tuition on flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, strings, percussion, brass, voice and guitar. Theory lessons are also offered. Our extra curricular groups include the School Choir, Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chamber Choir (junior and senior), Junior Choir, String Ensemble, String Quartet, Clarinet Ensemble, Beginners Band and Rock Band.

We also boast a suite of computers running Sibelius which is used in all key stages.

Announcing a new way to pay…

With a view to improving the Music Tuition facility, we are happy to announce that from January 2011, parents will be able to pay for music tuition via Parent Pay. There will still be the option of paying by cash or cheque with cheques payable to SHS & SFC.

The new procedure for paying for Music Tuition is thus: At the start of each term, the Finance team will send out a memo to parents stating how much they are required to pay that term. There will be a tear off slip on the bottom of the memo asking Parents to state their method of payment. Please complete your method of payment and return the slip to a member of the finance team next to Pupil Reception.

Payment by parent pay will only be available to those who are currently having music tuition. If your daughter starts lessons mid-way through a term, they will be added to Parent Pay accordingly.

We hope that by implementing this service, it makes payment easier and less time consuming however if anyone has any queries, please feel free to contact the finance team on 01270 765 031 ext 113 or 115.

Music at Key Stage 3 is approached in a practical and creative way, with musical sound being the target language of learning. Skills are developed in creativity, improvisation, composition, performance, listening and aural perception through individual, paired and group-work activities. Pupils are encouraged to participate enthusiastically in all activities and have regular opportunities to reflect on their own work as well as that of their peers.

We strive to ground pupils in musical styles and traditions that are new and exciting to them, as well as preparing them for future study at GCSE and A Level. Topics covered throughout Key Stage 3 include Descriptive Music, Gamelan, Film Music, Chords and Songwriting, as well as lots of performing and singing opportunities.

The Music department at Sandbach High School regularly attracts a KS4 cohort that is larger than the national average. We follow the Edexcel specification which offers pupils a thorough curriculum of performance, composition, listening and analysis. Coursework is completed in the latter half of Year 10 through into Year 11, with performances being recorded in April of Year 11. The listening exam is in May/June of Year 11.
Students who continue Music into Key Stage 5 study the Edexcel A Level Music specification. This allows them a thorough grounding in harmonic practice, performance skills, musicology and analysis, all of which prepare them for further study in Higher Education. Small group sizes consistently lead to excellent results and many girls go on to study music at University. Former students are now studying music at the RNCM, LIPA, Leeds College of Music and Cardiff University.

Sixth formers are encouraged to participate and lead extra-curricular ensembles, as well as mentoring girls in the lower years.

pdfMusic Booklet 2017-2018