Head of Department:  Mr A Meryon
Teachers:  Mr P Johns  |  Miss R Sturge  |  Mr Whiting 

 
Music makes an enormous contribution to the holistic development and wellbeing of all our students. The department offers a wide range of musical activities for every level of ability, every instrument and in a variety of performance styles, aiming to develop fully each student’s musicality and love of the subject.
 

Curriculum

In Key Stage 3, our students have the opportunity to develop performing, appraising and composing and notation skills through a curriculum which embraces a wide range of music throughout the course of history. Students develop the ability to evaluate and form aesthetic judgments, enhance numeracy through rhythm and analysis and literacy through a focus on written music, including its history, language and development. Music enhances our students' attention to detail, empathy, confidence in taking risks and performing their work in public. The subject gives the students the ability to think laterally and creatively, the skills to work collaboratively and the discipline to work independently; all vital to their holistic development, wellbeing and future careers.

We have an outstanding record at GCSE and A-Level. The KS4 and KS5 curricula have a strong practical focus and, with 60% being weighted towards coursework, there is the opportunity for keen composers and performers to shine. The academic assessments at both levels encourage an in-depth study of a wide variety of musical styles and genres, from Haydn symphonies to contemporary works by living composers. Music qualifications are very highly regarded by universities and many of our recent Sixth Form Music students have gone on to obtain first class degrees from Oxbridge. Several have also gone on to obtain choral or instrumental scholarships. Music A-Level works well alongside a broad combination of A-Levels; many of our Sixth Form Music students have subsequently studied Maths, Medicine, Physics, Law and History of Art at Oxbridge and leading Russell Group universities.
 

Co-Curriculum

As well as usual classroom lessons, there are numerous orchestras, choirs, classical and contemporary ensembles that students are able to join and lead. A full list of Music department events can be found in the Key Downloads box (performance schedule).

These are warmly supported by the Tiffin Girls’ Music Society (TGMS). TGMS is a charity which was set up by parents with the aim of supporting the quality and breadth of music provision within school. Please click on the link below to be redirected to the TGMS web page.
  
A Cappella Group Years 10-13
Brass Grade 2 and above
Chamber Choir Years 10 to 13
Concert Orchestra Grade 1 to 5
GCSE and A-Level ensembles By arrangement
Gospel Choir Years 7 to 13
Percussion Ensemble Years 7 to 13
Sinfonia Strings Grade 7 and above
Symphony Orchestra Orchestral instrument Grade 6 and above
Wind Band Grade 3 to 8
Wind Ensemble Flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn or bassoon (Grade 6 and above)

In addition, some of our groups are student-led; these include the Indian Fusion, String Quartet, Jazz Group, Rock Band and Guitar Ensembles.
 

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News, Trips and Events

Year 7 Concert - Wed 16 Oct

Year 7 Concert - Wed 16 Oct

Early booking tickets available on ParentMail before Fri 11 Oct.
Music students' recordings

Music students' recordings

Watch our students' performances on YouTube.