Making music is central to the culture of Abbot’s Hill. Our dynamic department aims to fulfil the musical potential of every pupil, whether as a performer or a composer, fostering a love and appreciation for a wide variety of music. Pupils gain the skills and ability to express themselves musically, with regular performances in assemblies, concerts, workshops and recitals a key feature of school life.
In all years, the courses cover the core elements of performing, composing and listening. A variety of topics is studied, including:
- The Blues
- Ground Bass Variations
- Vocal Chants
- Musical Notation
From Year 10, pupils follow the Edexcel GCSE course..
It is expected that those who opt for this course will be conversant with the demands of ABRSM Grade 5 theory and will be able to perform at approximately Grade 5 level on at least one instrument or singing by the time of the examination at the end of Year 11.
There are many opportunities to go on trips to local and West End theatres, workshops and attend other musical events.
We offer a broad range of extra-curricular opportunities including individual lessons on a variety of instruments. There are a number of music ensembles and choirs that regularly perform at school events such as our annual Carol Service at St Albans Abbey and Commemoration Day.