Music

Music at Downe House provides an exciting opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of the key elements of music

Developing academic and creative faculties

Director of Music: Dr Charlotte Exon

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Through the cultivation of diverse skills in listening, performing and composing we want to nurture a lifelong passion for music in every girl. Studying music enables pupils to become creative thinkers, analytical problem solvers, and effective communicators. At Downe House girls are able to both explore the great works of the past and to understand how to create those of the future!

Pupils in Remove (Year 7) to Upper Fourth (Year 9) study music as part of the core curriculum. We provide a course which offers an introduction to the key components of musical style enabling girls the chance to explore these in a range of European and world music contexts.

GCSE Music is enjoyed by girls from a range of musical backgrounds and provides an opportunity to develop listening, performing and composing skills at a higher level. The Edexcel course gives students an exciting breadth of musical awareness and understanding. There are four areas of study that provide the framework for the course: Instrumental Music 1700-1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage & Screen and Fusions.

The AQA A Level course includes modules in performance, composing, listening, analysing and contextual understanding. The course challenges girls to acquire a deeper understanding of the Western classical tradition as well as the opportunity to explore two further areas of study. The diversity of key skills required has seen A Level Musicians successfully go on to study not just Music but a broad range of Arts, Science and Social Science subjects at top universities.

For further information please contact the Director of Music, Dr Charlotte Exon exonc@downehouse.net

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