Music at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School fosters a tradition of exceptional musical ability. Pupils of all backgrounds, having studied music prior to their education here or not, are encouraged and nurtured to develop their personal relationship with a wide variety of music. As part of the National Curriculum, pupils receive classroom Music lessons in years 7, 8 and 9. In these sessions, pupils utilise their creativity and imagination to unpick the vast theory and structures of music from many cultures and societies. After their options year, pupils can opt to take their musical talents onto GCSE and A Level standard. As you will see below, there are a variety of differing schemes of work with which Music is taught, covering a large range of styles, to give pupils a holistic experience of Music from all around the world. Pupils are encouraged to get involved with music-making in any form possible, having the opportunity to be involved with a large range of extra-curricular activities. The Carlisle Music festival has been a place where pupils in varying ensembles – Orchestra, Chamber Choir, School Choir, String Quartet – have had the opportunity to concentrate their musical ability in competing against other school’s within the Cumbria district.
We aim to encourage a wide variety of music-making opportunities and to develop the musical potential of each pupil by making music an enjoyable and rewarding experience inside and outside the classroom.