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The Music department is at the heart of the school and is host to an enormous range of curricular and co-curricular activities designed to appeal to all ages and musical abilities.

Staff

Facilities

The department is situated in a purpose-built block and consists of the following:

  • A music technology room equipped with 16 computers running Sibelius and Audacity for teaching composition to Second - Fifth Years
  • A music library for Sixth Form work, housing music, books, CDs and a Yamaha grand piano
  • Six practice and instrumental teaching rooms
  • A rehearsal room used for ensemble rehearsals and chamber concerts, with a Trevor Tipple chamber organ built in 2016
  • A 200 seat theatre (shared with the drama department) which is used for major concerts and musicals
  • A secure instrument store

The department also has a comprehensive stock of instruments for class use, including keyboards, guitars, xylophones, djembes and small percussion, as well as a range of orchestral instruments that can be loaned to pupils who are starting lessons.

Curriculum

Music is compulsory for all pupils from Shells to Third Year and we follow a broad curriculum embracing composition, performance and analysis. Pupils are encouraged to create music, perform it and evaluate musical success in a wide variety of styles and traditions. Music is a popular GCSE option. We offer the Edexcel GCSE qualification and follow the OCR syllabus at A level.

Ethos

The aims of the department are to:

  • Inspire creativity in all pupils through the enthusiasm and example of staff and fellow pupils
  • Give opportunities for all pupils to develop their own talents in an atmosphere of encouragement and enjoyment
  • Develop talent naturally through our range of curricular and co-curricular opportunities

Scholars

Our Music Scholars are the backbone of our department, they support a wide range of rehearsals and activities and we regularly celebrate their talents in concerts and the local press. We audition Year 6 pupils, following their success in the entrance examination, and we expect a minimum of Grade 3 standard on their first instrument. Second study instruments will be heard, but are not compulsory; ear tests, grade-appropriate sight-reading and a short interview conclude the process. Sixth Form Music Scholarships are also available.

Destinations

Over the years, many Bablake pupils have gone on to music college or to university to read music. After that, some have gone onto postgraduate study or become professional musicians.

Co-Curricular Activities

The life-blood of any Music Department is its range of co-curricular activities. The department runs the following co-curricular activities:

• Brass Ensembles
• Chamber Choir
• Junior Choir
• Flute Choir
• Orchestra
• Rock School
• Senior String Ensemble
• Junior String Group
• String Quartet
• Cello Ensemble
• Swing Band
• Wind Band
• Woodwind Group

Concerts

  • Two major concerts in November and March with performances from the orchestra, junior choir, chamber choir, swing band, wind band, flute choir, string and brass ensembles.
  • Lunchtime concerts in September, December and March at St John's Church in the city centre.
  • A summer concert with our Lower School musicians.
  • A carol service in Coventry Cathedral in December with contributions from all choirs and the senior brass ensemble.
  • A 'Leavers' Concert' organised by Upper Sixth students in the summer term.
  • Young Musicians' concerts in September and June, giving our Music Scholars and other talented pupils an opportunity to perform solo and chamber items.

Festivals

The junior choir has taken part in local festivals with considerable success, most recently winning its class at the Leamington Festival. The junior choir, wind band and brass ensemble regularly represent the school in the Music for Youth regional festival in Birmingham. We regularly host the Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition for Coventry.

Wider Opportunities

Many Bablake pupils play in the Coventry and Warwickshire Youth Orchestra; we have recently had pupils who are members of the CBSO Youth orchestra as well as regularly having our pupils represent the school in the National Children's Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra.

Contact

For more information, please contact the Music department at 0247 627 1240 

For enquiries about Outreach Music, please contact the Outreach Coordinator csb@bablake.coventry.sch.uk

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Evie