Performing – Composing - Listening – Evaluating – Having Fun!

In the classroom all students gain practical skills in keyboard, guitar, singing, drum kit and general percussion and experience using their skills by taking part in whole class workshops, small groups, paired and individual work.

Students have the opportunity to develop their music technology skills using music software. (Logic and Sibelius) Use of the Macs is an integrated part of the curriculum at both Key Stages 3 and 4.

All students study a diverse range of musical styles including popular, traditional, and world music and many students continue learning beyond the classroom on a whole range of instruments, extending their learning through performing with others in many of the school instrumental and vocal ensembles.

Music is a popular choice at GCSE level with many students choosing to further develop their performing and composing skills  and to explore in more depth topics including ‘Popular Music’, The ‘Concerto through Time’, World music (Central and South America, India, Africa, Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East) and ‘Film Music’.

The Music department collaborates with the Art and Drama departments resulting in a wide variety of Creative Arts opportunities and experiences which are available to every student during their time at St Sampson’s High School.

The Music Department runs a variety of different  extra-curricular activities each year. These happen at lunchtimes and some after school sessions.

We respond to the requests and interests of students and try to offer every student an opportunity to be involved.

  • Choir
  • Boys Vocal Group
  • Chamber Choir
  • Stage Sound
  • Orchestra
  • Recorder Consort
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Woodwind Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Chamber Music groups
  • Music Theatre Productions
  • Ukelele Club
  • Guitar Club
  • Band Zone

Performance Opportunities

There are many opportunities for students to share their music making and we are proud of our student’s dedication and enthusiasm whenever they perform at school events or in the wider community. A typical year might include a selection (or all!) of these:

Carol Service
M.A.D nights (Music, Art, Drama showcase)
Going Solo evening
Talent Show
Local care homes
Hospital
Commendation assemblies
Links with local primary schools

Eisteddfod
Late night Christmas shopping
Concerts at a variety of local venues
Recordings for local radio
Musical Theatre productions
Battle of the School Bands
Performances with visiting bands to the Island