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The academic musical education at the Amherst School begins in the Prep School. All pupils at EYFS and Key Stage 1 receive class music lessons, and are given many opportunities for singing and playing. A Kodaly-based approach is used in the early years to lay firm musical foundations. The children gain in confidence and musicianship with this highly accredited approach which enhances learning in music as well as in other curricular areas. In addition, we operate a Year 2 String Scheme, where all Year 2 children receive Colourstrings tuition on either violin or cello to enhance their musical knowledge and understanding.

As pupils progress into Key Stage 2, the curriculum encompasses instrumental and ensemble work, composition, music theory and appreciation, in order to prepare them for their musical future. There is a strong emphasis on making music and creative music in the curriculum, and participation in one or more of the many ensembles and choirs available at this age group is actively encouraged.

The music curriculum at Key Stage 3 is largely creative in its focus. Strands running through each year are taught through interesting and varied topics covering all areas of music. The curriculum combines performing, composing and listening in an inspiring and an academically challenging way, with no requirement for additional instrumental lessons in order to be able to access the full course.  Composition is taught predominantly through doing, and pupils also use notation based software (Sibelius) and sequencing software (Ableton Live).

Additionally, pupils in Year 7 all study a major choral work, and have the opportunity to take part in a performance in Leicester’s De Montfort Hall, while Year 8 focus on songwriting. The Year 9 curriculum is optional, but inclusive to all pupils with no particular musical specialty needed. It is designed to develop pupils’ creative skills as well as their analytical skills, so it is a very practical course.

IGCSE

In Music IGCSE (CIE), students continue to listen to, perform and compose music, developing a discerning musical aesthetic, self-discipline and, most importantly, high level creativity. As a result, students develop their understanding and enjoyment of music, which forms an ideal foundation for future study and enhances life-long musical enjoyment. It provides an excellent knowledge base for pupils intending to study Music at AS/A-Level and beyond, but it is equally beneficial and interesting as a course in its own right, giving students a greater understanding of the music that they encounter in everyday life.

Pupils studying for IGCSE Music are able to make full use of the music facilities to develop their skills through the extensive programme of choirs, ensembles, lectures and workshops.

A-Level

(AQA) is an incredibly diverse course, encompassing a variety of practical and academic approaches to the study of music. The course enables students to develop highly-desirable skills in areas such as independent learning, self-management, teamwork, problem-solving, communication and creativity. Music A-Level is highly regarded by universities and music colleges (conservatoires) alike, and is a pathway to almost any degree course. Taught in mixed classes across all three senior schools in our state-of-the-art facilities, the additional support for any musician at Loughborough Schools Foundation is unrivalled.  In addition to the timetabled allocation (10 periods a week) most students will also be entitled to a repertoire session (half an hour a week) supporting performance skills.  There are also numerous ensembles and choirs available for students to access, which are a must for any serious A-Level musician.