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Music

Overview

The standard of music-making at Watford Girls’ has a well-deserved reputation for excellence. We provide opportunities for girls who have never learned an instrument before alongside helping the most advanced performers achieve their goals. We run a wide variety of ensembles in a range of styles, from large orchestras and wind bands to smaller chamber ensembles as well as musicals. Many groups bring together musicians from all years and almost all can be joined without audition. We incorporate many different styles of music and at the most advanced level perform works such as Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Adinsell’s Warsaw Piano Concerto.

We are fortunate to have a staff of around 25 musicians teaching in the department, many of whom are leading professionals within their fields. In addition, there are workshops, masterclasses and concerts given by prominent musicians such as Tasmin Little and Courtney Pine which further enrich what we offer. The Music department here is a vibrant and inspiring place. We hope, that at the very least, girls will leave Watford Girls’ with a life-long love for music.

KS3 (Years 7-9)

Music is a multi-skilled subject and develops many areas of ability including analytical, historical, creative, emotional awareness, cultural understanding, self-discipline, self-confidence, and coordination skills. All girls are exposed to a wide range of music from the Western classical tradition, jazz, rock/pop and world music. Students learn musical notation and vocabulary and compose, listen and perform music.

KS4 (Years 10-11)

We follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabus at Key stage 4. There are on average forty girls in each year group. We were featured in the Guardian newspaper last year as one of the highest achieving schools for GCSE Music. For more information on this syllabus please follow this link: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/music-2016.html

KS5 (Years 12 and 13)

We follow the Edexcel syllabus at A level. There can be up to sixteen girls in each group. For more information on this syllabus please follow this link: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/music-2016.html

We prepare girls to study music at leading universities and currently have girls studying at Kings’ College, London, the Royal Academy of Music, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Junior Orchestra, Senior Orchestra, Joint Orchestra, Wind Band, Concert Band, Big Band, Junior Choir, Mark 11 Choir, Senior Choir, A Capella Group, Glee Club, Recorder Ensemble, String quartets, Show Band, Guitar Group.