Music holds a special place at Badminton: what happens outside the classroom is just as important as what happens inside.
Music is an integral part of many of the School’s high-profile public events and the chance to sing and play gives girls a real sense of purpose and service to the School. There is a wide range of musical ensembles and in any one year at least half of the girls at Badminton study at least one instrument. Our main concert of the year takes place in the beautiful acoustic of St George’s, Bristol and features the Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, as well as concerto soloists from Upper Sixth.
Girls are immensely successful in academic, vocal and instrumental examinations. The Music Department has three full-time members of staff along with a team of 20 specialist Visiting Music Teachers and an Administrative Assistant. We are housed in purpose-built accommodation which includes a recording studio and music technology suite. The instruments available to the girls range from a Steinway grand piano to African drums.
In Years 7-9, pupils have one lesson of class music focusing on the development of skills in listening, composition and performance.
Year 7 pupils also have a timetabled choir rehearsal each week dedicated to learning repertoire for events such as the annual Carol Service and St George’s Concert. In the Summer Term, all Year 7 girls perform in a fully staged production of a musical.
We follow the Edexcel GCSE course with four lessons each week. There is close collaboration with the Visiting Music Teachers to prepare pupils for the performance and composition units of the course. Girls study Instrumental Music 1700-1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen, and Fusions, which includes the study of eight set works ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Freddie Mercury!
At A Level, we follow the AQA curriculum with eight lessons each week. There are three units:
The areas of study which provide a focus to the work are Baroque Solo Concerto, Mozart Operas, Romantic Piano Music, Music for Theatre and Music for Media. Pupils prepare a 10 minute recital for the performance unit, write two original compositions and take a written examination at the end of the course.