Music

Head of Department: Mrs A Short

Department Introduction

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“If you get an instrument into the hands of a kid who wants to learn it, and you provide a place and the means for them to learn it, you will see an undeniable impact in every other area of their life.” – James Rhodes, founder of the Channel 4 Don’t Stop the Music campaign

The music department comprises two purpose-built teaching rooms. One is a large practical space whilst the other provides a suite of Mac computers for both Key Stage 3 and exam classes. As far as the timetable permits, Key Stage 3 students are given access across both spaces to allow them to develop in both practical music-making and music technology.

There are five practice rooms used for individual instrumental lessons delivered by our team of visiting peripatetic teachers, equipped with guitar amps, bass amps, PA system, acoustic and digital pianos and a specialist drum room containing two drum-kits and acoustic treatment.

Enrichment

All our music students are encouraged to develop their skills by taking up an extracurricular activity, these include:

  • HBH Horns
  • Bay Bellas (a female singing group)
  • HBHS Choir
  • Music Technology Club
  • Rockschool 
  • Rockschool Plus

Our students also have the opportunity to take part in the following events:

  • Music Showcases
  • Assembly Performances
  • Theatre visits
  • Prize Evenings
  • Professional Workshops
  • Community Performances