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Music

 

Music plays an important part in the life of KC. The department is housed in an attractive, modern, purpose-built centre and is an active, happy place where musical talent thrives under the direction of three full-time and 14 visiting music staff.

Facilities

We have superb music facilities, including practice rooms, specialist teaching rooms, a drum studio and state-of-the-art Apple Mac suite installed with sequencing and notation software, sound equipment and brand new accompanying keyboards.

Scholarships

Music scholarships (worth 10% of tuition fees) are available to talented musicians at 11+, 13+ and 16+. Our music scholars play a leading leading role in the music department. Results at both GCSE and A-level are extremely high and girls regularly go on to read music at university.

AS/A2 level Music

The new Edexcel AS and A2 level music courses are aimed at students who have studied music at GCSE and wish to further develop their skills and understanding.

Students should have a performance standard of at least Grade 5 at the beginning of the Lower Sixth. Depending on which options they choose, students can follow a route which focuses on classical music or popular music.


In the first year (AS level) three units cover:

  • Performing
  • Developing Musical Ideas
  • Listening and Understanding

n the second year (A2 level) three further units cover:

  • Specialist Options (recital or composition portfolio)
  • Performing and Composing
  • Analysing Music

The course is supported by visits to the opera, concerts and local music societies. We also encourage girls to perform publically as much as possible and the department is busy every term, planning our next performance, both at school events and for the local community.  Annual events include The Festive Concert, Music in March, Music in May and performances at Speech Day, as well as a variety of other concerts and performances throughout the school year. 

Higher Education

Further study at university can lead to careers as a professional musician, teacher, sound engineer or recordist, musicologist, critic or librarian, composer, instrument maker, music therapist or arts administrator.
    

Instrumental & Vocal Tuition

We have a very talented team of instrumental and singing teachers, providing tuition for a large proportion of the girls at KC. Lessons are usually individual (although shared lessons can be requested) and last for approximately 35 minutes.

In Year 10 and above, lessons are usually arranged in lunchtimes, free periods and after school to avoid missing subject lessons. Click here for Private Tuition Fees

Extra-Curricular Activities & School Productions

The music department offers a variety of extra-curricular activities. We aim to provide ensembles suitable for all all musicians, for music scholars, to girls who like to perform for fun.

There are many opportunities for performance and every girl has the chance to gain experience in performing; there are high profile formal concerts as well as more relaxed ones aimed at less experienced musicians.

The music department is very keen to involve even the least experienced musician in events such as the KS3 Concert and KS3 musical. More established girls are encouraged to take part in more formal events such as the Festive Concert and Music in March. Repertoire from last few years has included.

Mozart; Requiem
Haydn; Nelson Masshttp://www.kent-college.co.uk/admissions/fees-221/
Handel; Messiah
Faure; Requiem
Vivaldi; Gloria
Schubert; Unfinished Symphony
Holst: The Planets
Rossini; The Thieving Magpie overture
Stravinsky; Pulcinella
Haydn; Cello Concerto in C
Mozart; Piano Concerto in A major
Vivaldi; Recorder Concerto
Borodin; Polovitsian Dance from Prince Igor Wagner; Pilgrims Chorus from Tanhauser
Riley: in C

The department has been involved in many dramatic productions recently, sometimes including young professional singers to take the male leads. Recent productions have included:

Bizet; Carmen
Judith Weir; The Black Spider
Purcell; Dido & Aenaus
Gilbert & Sullivan; HMS Pinafore
Gilbert & Sullivan; Mikado
Andrew Lloyd-Weber; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Andersson and Ulvaeus; Chess

One of the largest events of the year is the highly popular annual musical evening the 'Festive concert', which is a showcase of KC's budding musicians and helps to raise money for charity 'Future Talent'.

The Music and Drama departments work together to stage musicals, which are a major highlight of the school year, being of an exceptionally high standard in both performance and production.

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