The Music Department consists of three specialists and an excellent team of instrumental teachers. The department is a vibrant and successful part of the school and offers an extensive choice of extra-curricular activities.
We offer a wide range of musical activites, all of which neatly contribute to coursework at both GCSE and A’ Level.
Whilst as St. Mary’s, students have the opportunity to learn an instrument from the following list:
Clarinet , Saxophone, Bassoon, Electric Guitar , Flute, Oboe, Baritone, Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, Acoustic Guitar, Tenor Horn, Eupohonium, Tuba, Drum Kit, Voice, Cello, Double Bass, Viola, Violin.
These lessons are taught in school in the purpose built Music Block. We are fortunate to have two large, well equipped teaching rooms and 3 practice rooms.
At KS3, students are taught for 1 hour per week in the subject, and study a wide range of music, including elements from Samba and African music to Baroque and score reading. They gain important skills by performing in front of the class, completing a written theory test, taking an aural test and composing each half term.
In years 10,11,12, and 13 pupils participate in regular Lunchtime Concerts. These are held in the School Drama Hall to an audience of staff and students. There are also possibilities to perform at the Christmas Concert at the Chesterfield Crooked Spire, and at the Easter concert at the Winding Wheel. Students are encouraged to perform as much as possible to prepare them for the 20 minute recital they give in their A2 year.
We have a large selection of ensembles:- Training Wind Band, Brass band, Chamber Choir, Lower School Choir, Int Jazz Band, Saxophone Ens, Orchestra, Festival Choir, Upper school Choir, Flute Choir, Concert band and Senior Jazz band.
We like to participate in Music Festivals and have participated in National and Regional Festivals to great success. This year we hope to go to the BBC Choir of the Year competition, and we have been on a European tour to Italy.