The Music department is at the heart of the school and is host to an enormous range of curricular and extra-curricular activities to appeal to all ages and musical abilities.
Mr T Crompton (Head of Department)
Mr S J Cooper
Mrs C Scott- Burt
The Department consists of the following rooms all situated in a new purpose-built block: A Music Technology Room equipped with 13 computers using the Sibelius programme for teaching 2nd - 5th years and some 6th form work; a Music Library for 6th Form work, housing music and books; 6 Practice rooms; a Rehearsal Room used for all practices and small concerts; a Theatre shared with the Drama Department and used for major concerts and musicals; an Instrument Store.
The Department has a comprehensive stock of instruments for class use, including keyboards, xylophones and djembes, as well as a range of orchestral instruments that can be borrowed by pupils who are starting lessons.
Music is compulsory for all pupils in Years 7-9 and then optional as a GCSE class in Years 10-11 where classes are regularly up to 15 pupils. At AS and A2 there are between 2-4 pupils in each class.
The aims of the department are to: give an opportunity for all pupils to develop their own talents as far as they wish in an atmosphere of encouragement and enjoyment; excite all pupils to the delights of the subject through the enthusiasm and example of the staff and fellow pupils; develop talent naturally through our range of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities.
Over the years, many Bablake pupils have gone onto Music college or university to read Music. After that, some have gone onto postgraduate study or have become professional musicians.
The life blood of any Music Department is its menu of extracurricular activities. Bablake offers the following:
2 major concerts in November and March with contributions from the Concert Orchestra, Junior Choir, Chamber Choir, Swing Band, Wind Band, Flute Choir, String Group and String Quartet.
Lunchtime concerts in December and March at St John's Church in the city centre.
A Summer concert focusing on Shell to Fourth year musicians.
A Carol Service in December with contributions from all choirs.
A Musical usually every 2 years, in conjunction with the Drama Department.
A Leavers' Concert organised by the Upper Sixth in the summer.
Scholars' Concerts to perform GCSE and A Level pieces.
The Junior and Chamber Choirs have taken part in local Festivals with considerable success.
Most recently the Junior Choir won its class at the Leamington Festival.
Many Bablake pupils play in Coventry and Warwickshire youth orchestras as well as the CBSO Youth orchestra.
There is a busy schedule of weekly rehearals; a list of these is always available by email if you contact the Head of Department or you may read about them here.
For more information, contact the department head at: