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Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.

Leonard Bernstein

Our large and thriving Music Department aims to nurture in all our pupils a love of music and performance.

Class music lessons form part of the academic timetable for every pupil in Form Lower 1 to Form 3 (Years 6 to 9). Pupils explore a wide range of IB MYP units developing skills in listening, performing and composing, with units devised to enthuse pupils and stretch the most able. As well as class singing, pupils have the opportunity to use musical instruments from different musical cultures around the world. There are opportunities for all pupils to showcase their work with performances in the School’s Chapel in Forms 1 and 2 (Years 7 and 8) and at a professional concert venue in Form 3 (Year 9).

A good number of pupils opt to take GCSE Music, with pupils achieving excellent results, particularly in the composition and performance components of the course.

In the Upper School (Sixth Form), pupils study Music at A-level, where they study set works in detail, develop listening skills and contextual understanding. Students continue their musical studies beyond Oakham every year at universities and music colleges. We regularly seek to enrich the curriculum with concert visits, particularly for those studying public examination courses.