Music can influence pupils’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing pupils’ ability to work with others in a group context. Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment. The music course aims to develop the four key musical skill areas; performing, composing, listening and musical analysis. Pupils will gain a deeper understanding of the history, origins and influences of the music they know and love today.
Pupils enjoy a varied course focused on developing enjoyment and enthusiasm for a wide range of musical genres. The lessons aim to improve pupils’ skills to include performing, composing and basic music theory.
Pupils may study AQA GCSE Music (8271). Pupils compose, perform and learn about film, pop, world and classical music. The department is well-equipped with MacBook laptops enabling pupils to learn to use GarageBand and Sibelius.
In addition to curricular music, visiting music teachers offer individual lessons in most instruments and pupils may take advantage of this opportunity to develop their instrumental skills or indeed to start learning a new instrument. Pupils are regularly entered for ABRSM practical and theory examinations.
There are opportunities to participate in a wide range of musical activities at both The Mount, Mill Hill International and at Mill Hill School. These include the Chapel Choir, Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Jazz Band, Glee Club, Shout Band, Wind Band, including the opportunity to join music tours with Mill Hill Music School. In addition, pupils perform in concerts and chapel services throughout the year and lunchtime recitals and Coffee Morning concerts are a popular feature.
The service of Nine Lessons and Carols in the Autumn term and the Farrow Singing competition in the Spring term are gala events in the school calendar. In addition, all pupils perform in the biennial House Music competition. Prizes are hotly contested and pupils take pride in representing their community in this popular event.