The Music Department at The Henry Beaufort School is committed to the pursuit of excellence across the whole breadth of musical experience. We believe that a high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Throughout Year 7, 8 and 9 students have two music lessons per fortnight. At the heart of these lessons is a strong emphasis on understanding music through performing, composing and listening. Students at The Henry Beaufort School develop their vocal and instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressiveness; and understand musical structures and styles. Students learn to perform, compose and identify the expressive use of musical dimensions through the study of a wide range of musical styles and genres, from Samba, African Music and Reggae, to Jazz, Blues, Film Music and Minimalism.
At Key Stage 4 students can opt to take GCSE Music, which develops student’s critical understanding of music theory and music history, along with specific instrumental skills. Performing and composing accounts for 60% of the GCSE course, with the remaining 40% focussed on theory, history and listening.
The Music department is supported by a full range of visiting instrumental teachers, providing tuition in strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, voice, piano and guitar. We pride ourselves on a thriving and exciting extra-curricular programme, including Jazz Band, Wind Band, Orchestra, Musical Theatre Group, two Choirs, Brass Ensemble and a Percussion Ensemble.