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Music is a thriving and vibrant part of the culture of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School. Staff in the music department nurture talent and interest to inspire high quality music making and to maximise achievement. We offer many exciting opportunities to showcase our students’ achievements, including collaborations with a variety of professional musicians at various prestigious venues. Music lessons together with a choice of extra-curricular activities offer different challenges to suit all of our students, whatever their previous musical background.
At EGA we are proud to offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities such as Choir (which performed for Michelle Obama and recently for the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson), Jazz Band, String Group (run by the OAE), Keyboard Club and GCSE revision sessions.
An enthusiastic and dedicated team of peripatetic staff offer free instrumental lessons to all of our GCSE students and to pupils who choose to learn an instrument in years 7, 8 & 9. We are currently able to offer Voice, Piano, Trumpet, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone and Drum Kit.
Music at KS3
All students in KS3 study music as part of the curriculum. The music lessons focus on the 3 main areas of composing, performing and listening and are taught in specialist rooms, equipped with keyboards and percussion instruments. A suite of Mac computers are available for our older students’ composition work.
Students in year 7 and 8 have three music lessons over a fortnightly period and year 9 students have music once a week.
In year 7 we cover :
• Cyclic Patterns
• The Instruments of the Orchestra
• Medieval Music
• Mood Music
In year 8 we cover :
• The Blues
• Theme and Variation
In Year 9 the girls are working on longer projects which include:
• Music for Dance
• Song Writing
• Film Music
Music at KS4
The AQA GCSE Music course is split into 3 main areas which build on the prior knowledge of performing, composing and listening. The students will be composing two pieces of music (20% each), working with an excellent team of peripatetic staff on their performance skills (40%) and will sit a listening exam at the end of the course (20%).
The course focuses on five different areas of study, which are:
• Rhythm & Metre
• Harmony & Tonality
• Texture & Melody
• Timbre & Dynamics
• Structure & Form
Study at Home for KS4
These have included:
The choir performed for Michelle Obama, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of Islington, the TEDx Observer at Kings Place and the London Citizen meeting at Shoreditch Town Hall.
The String group recently performed alongside other musicians and the OAE at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Terms & holidays
EGA has recently raised money for Red Nose Day and a defibrillator for another London school. Non Uniform Day raised £826.12 and sponsored skipping and bench ball raised £417.05. The non-uniform day money has been split between Comic Relief and the purchase of a new defibrillator...