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The Music Department is a flourishing and successful department which above all provides a foundation upon which a joy of music can be nurtured and developed.

All students are involved in performing, composing, listening and appraising.  Our aim is to develop musical skills and understanding in students encompassing a wide range of abilities and to encourage pupils to cooperate and work together within the classroom and within musical ensembles through extracurricular activities.  Students are given the opportunity to develop their instrumental and vocal skills via peripatetic music lessons which are taught by a highly qualified, experienced and well-motivated team of instrumental teachers.

Music at Rishworth

Music is taught throughout the School from Year 7.  Within Key Stage 3, a comprehensive scheme of work is followed with the emphasis placed on the involvement of all pupils in the fundamental musical activities of performing, listening and composing.  By participation in these activities, pupils will be stimulated and will develop awareness and sensitivity.  Pupils are encouraged to recognise and have an understanding of, music from other times and cultures and to develop imagination and ability to express ideas and emotions through the communicative aspects of music.

At GCSE students follow the AQA syllabus which covers the musical skills of listening and appraising, performing and composing.

Music is also offered at AS and A Level; students follow the AQA specification which includes modules covering the understanding of music, composing and performing.

Outside the Classroom

There is a real buzz for music at Rishworth and there are many high quality musical ensembles in which students may participate including the Concert Band, the Big Band, String, Brass and Percussion Ensembles and Choir.  Major annual events include the 'Celebration of Christmas', music recitals and a thriving Music Festival incorporating a 'Young Musician of the Year' competition.  Rock in the Quad is a very successful outdoor rock festival run by the school PTA and raises money for charitable causes.  There are, in addition, numerous concerts held within the local community.  There have been successful music tours to numerous European destinations including Austria, Denmark, Italy and France.

Other Information

We have created student posts for music in recognition of the enormous contributions musicians make to the life of the School through outstanding individual performances and dedicated membership of various musical ensembles.

All instrumental / vocal students have the opportunity to enter for Trinity College Music Examinations in which we have an enviable record of successes from Initial to Grade 8.  Further developments have included the completion of a Music Technology Suite and the establishment of a 'Rock School'.