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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.

Latest News and Events

 
 
 
 

Music In March


On Saturday 25th March, the celebrated musicians of Kent College Pembury’s orchestras and choirs performed Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.
 
Bernstein was one of the most prolific composers of the 20th Century, best known for musicals such as West Side Story and Peter Pan. The Chichester Psalms is one of his greatest works, set for harp, percussion and organ accompaniment. The concert performed by 60 girls, in both the Prep and Senior School, will feature Copland’s popular ‘Hoedown’. Girls in the Sixth Form are soloists in Berloiz's Les Nuits D’ete and Corelli's Concerto Grosso No.4 in D major.
 
 Director of Music, Mr Mike Kent-Davies commented: "Accomplished in both classical and popular music, Leonard Bernstein’s music was heavily influenced by jazz and, though demanding for the performers, is always attractive to audiences.   It has been a pleasure for girls and staff to tackle his work.”

 
 
 

First Prize For Our Three Choirs

 
All three of our choirs, Prep School, Lower School and Senior School, won their respective classes in the Tunbridge Wells Arts Festival on Saturday 11th March 2017.
 
The Prep School Choir also sang in the TWAF Gems Concert on Sunday 19th March at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells.
 
 

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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.

Years 7-9

In Years 7, 8 and 9, our main target is to provide girls with the skills they need to enjoy music for the rest of their life. Projects include preparing performances for their own year group concerts, composing background music for film, creating their own musical and learning traditional notation,

We pride ourselves on using appropriate methods from both the state and independent sectors in all our music lessons. Recent developments in teaching and learning, such as the KS3 strategy and Assessment for Learning, sit side by side with the high standards for which Kent College is renowned. We understand that students learn best when they enjoy the subject.

GCSE Music

(Years 10 & 11) - The GCSE Music course allows students to develop an understanding of how music is created whilst providing focus and detail on specific areas of music. During the course, students will learn how to compose and develop skills in performing and appraising music.

The course content includes:

  • Repetition and Contrast in Western Classical Music (1600 - 1899)
  • New Directions in Western Classical Music (1900 - present day)
  • Popular Song in Context
  • Rhythms, Scales and Modes in World Music

An imaginative, interesting course with a clearly defined emphasis on individually assessed components: Performing, Composing, Listening and Appraising. All are linked to four areas of study and cover a very wide range of music, including world music, classical music and popular music.

AS/A2 level Music

Lower & Upper Sixth - 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

In 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. 

Festive concert

'The Mikado                                                                     Music in May

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 Years 7-9, lessons are arranged during the normal school timetable, but are rotated so that the same subject lesson isn’t missed on consecutive weeks.

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.

Clubs currently include:

5 choirs 3 orchestras
3 flute ensembles
Soul Band
Brass Ensemble
Boarders Band
Various chamber ensembles.

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 Mass
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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