All students study music within the curriculum throughout the Prep School and up to Year 9. They are introduced to the basic principles of Western musical styles as well as learning about the different musical traditions from around the world. Music is offered as an option at both GCSE and IB levels.
The Music Department occupies an attractive, purpose built, suite of rooms in the main College Building. There are excellent practice rooms, all equipped with Yamaha pianos. The main teaching rooms are well equipped with both computers and a range of musical instruments. Students are able to use the practice rooms in their free time. The Music Director leads a team of peripatetic musicians at the College who teach more than 150 students individual music and singing lessons. Our pupils enjoy great success at examinations administered by the ABRSM, Rockschool and Trinity exam boards.
It is beyond the curriculum that the music of the school is truly felt. The College’s ensembles are many and eclectic, both choral and instrumental, catering for all levels of expertise in a range of musical genres and there are several opportunities for these groups to perform in front of audiences. In particular, there are major concerts each term and our short midweek music concerts cater for our less experienced performers from across the school.
The Carol Service and the main concerts provide opportunities for the whole school community to observe and applaud our talented students and staff. There are other ad hoc events throughout the year and every year, the school musical production brings the quality of the West End to Scarborough College!