Music is a vibrant part of the culture of Camden School for Girls. The school has a musical tradition stretching back over many decades and have built numerous links with other local schools and music organisations.
The aim of the department is to engage students in genuine music-making. We focus on teaching students the necessary skills and concepts to make music with confidence and enthusiasm and to provide a broad range of opportunities for them to do so. This is carried out within three complementary areas: the timetabled curriculum, the extended curriculum and the instrumental service.
We believe that music lessons at KS3 are fundamental to our students' musical journey. The high-quality, positive musical experiences we create in Years 7, 8 and 9 prepare our students to continue their involvement in music-making as they progress through the school.
Our aim is to develop the students' musical skills and understanding through exploring a broad range of culturally diverse styles, genres and traditions.
The school has a thriving extended curriculum. Our regular ensembles include:
These groups rehearse regularly at lunchtimes and before or after school and they perform in public concerts throughout the year. Pupils also publicly perform work that they have prepared in their timetabled lessons.
These activities allow pupils who show a particular aptitude and enthusiasm for music to develop their skills further.
A wide variety of individual vocal and instrumental lessons are available in school. We have a team of around 25 visiting tutors who work with our students. Fees are charged for these lessons with some financial subsidies available.
Students sign up for instrument lessons through the music office. They can start at any point in the year, although it is preferable to begin at the start of a term.
Lessons take place during the normal school day but the time rotates so that the same lesson isn't missed every week. Sometimes lessons will take place at break, lunchtime or after school. Sixth form students will have a lesson in their free periods, lunch break or before/after school.
Each week the teacher will give out the time of the next lesson. These are also written up on a noticeboard outside the staff room.
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