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The Music Department Schemes of Work focus on the key areas of Listening, Performing and Composing. Pupils’ reading and listening skills are developed through greater use of notation and dictation skills starting from Pre-Prep. The Lower Preps (8s-10s) develop notation skills and general performing and listening skills, identifying families of instruments, keeping to a regular beat, and using different structures in composition. The Upper Preps learn more about different styles of Music including popular music and begin to structure their compositions around melodic devices and harmonic sequences. The 13s prepare for GCSE Music by developing key performing, composing and listening skills and studying minimalism, variations, African Music and 32 bar song form in depth.

The Pre-prep classes learn the basics of music notation including rhythm and staff notation. They learn to use classroom instruments and play and sing expressively with an understanding of rhythm, dynamics and tempo.

Prep School
The  Lower Preps develop their musical; understanding through short projects using the ideas learnt in Pre-Prep to compose their own pieces and understand music in different styles, including music from other cultures.

The Upper Preps learn more about notation through performance tasks and compose more extended pieces. They study the origins of pop music through Blues music and work on their improvisation skills.

Senior School
The senior students begin to prepare fro the CGSE course with more intensive work on composition skills, notation and understanding music by using key terminology. The GCSE course includes the study of set works from different music eras and different cultures as well as composing and performing coursework.

6th Form
Edexcel AS Music: set works from the instrumental and vocal lists. 4 part harmony and aural recognition of chords, cadences and modulations; Composition skills including idiomatic instrumental writing, structural and developmental techniques.

Edexcel A2 Music: set works from Instrumental and Applied Music; two composition and technical study set tasks: listening and historical study related to the set works.

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In December our Pre-Prep staff ran the Santa race at Richmond Park and raised £1,750 in aid of the Princess Alice Hospice. Our 14s and 15s pupils also thought about how they could make it a warmer winter for others, as they bought and wrapped presents for women and children at Sutton Women’s Centre.  Read more...


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Harrodian’s third annual Film Festival showcased films that were created, produced and directed entirely by pupils in the 13s and above. A total of ten films were shortlisted and shown on a cinema screen in the Theatre in front of an expert judging panel. Read More...