Music is at the heart of school life and all pupils are involved in musical activities during their time at MCS. Our music curriculum gives all pupils the tools to enjoy a musical life at school and beyond. It combines practical elements with theoretical understanding and develops the core musical skills.
Music is compulsory throughout the Lower School with two lessons per week. In both years, pupils learn through projects (Blues, Music and Space, Indian Music etc.) which develop the core skills of:
Pupils use a variety of music software (Noteflight, Sibelius and Ableton Live) to assist with their composition development.
Music is an option in Year 9 and there are usually three sets. The course gives pupils an understanding of the different genres of music and their context. It acts both as a stand-alone complete course and as a preparation for those selecting the subject for GCSE. Pupils also learn the fundamentals of composition through individual and group compositions in a variety of styles including:
At GCSE, we have two sets following the Pearson Edexcel course, teaching skills of performance, composition, listening and analysis of music. The Areas of Study are:
Refer to the Lower and Middle School Curriculum Guide for a more detailed breakdown of how Music is taught at MCS (published Michaelmas 2020).
“Music is the shorthand of emotion.”Leo Tolstoy
At A-level, we have one set of between 5 and 12 candidates and follow the Pearson Edexcel course, which further develops the skills of performance, composition, listening and analysis. The Areas of Study are:
Refer to the Sixth Form Curriculum guide for a more detailed breakdown of the A-Level Music programme.
If you are thinking about studying Music in the Sixth Form at MCS, you might want to start reading around the subject before you join. Our Study Preparation guides are a useful tool, detailing further reading around key topics.
“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between”Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
There are many career paths open to pupils following a music degree including:
We have had many pupils who have studied Music at university and so have plenty of advice we can offer about the most appropriate for each individual. Here is a list of some of the most popular places to study:
Some universities offer organ, choral and music scholarships and many of our pupils gain a scholarship each year and again we are available to give advice to individuals about where to apply.