Pupils in Years 7 and 9 continue to receive two music curriculum music lessons per week and pupils in Years 8 and 10 receive one weekly lesson. In Years 10 and 11, pupils may opt to take music as a GCSE subject, receiving 2 double lessons a week. The senior music curriculum for Years 7-9 focuses on the Elements of Music, with the aim of developing pupils’ ability to listen to and analyse music in greater depth. Lessons are practical and provide opportunities for pupils to compose and perform their own music. Pupils currently learn about Tango, Waltz, The Western Classical tradition, Minimalism, Film Music, Indian Music, The Blues and Popular Music.
Pupils continue to enjoy a range of extra-curricular music activities in the Senior School. There is a Senior Choir open to all pupils and the Senior Chamber Choir, which is auditioned. All string players and some wind and brass players are members of the Senior Orchestra, with string players from grade 4 and upwards also playing in the Senior Chamber Orchestra. All pupils who learn a Wind or Brass instrument play in the Swing Band, and all Guitar players are members of the Senior Guitar Ensemble. There are also two Senior Rock Bands.
There are a variety of performing opportunities for senior pupils both at school and in the wider community. There are termly informal concerts for solo performances and in the Summer Term, the Senior Music Evening and Prize Giving Concert, which showcase all of the Senior Music Ensembles. Pupils also perform at the termly open Days. In addition to this, pupils participate in the Basingstoke Music Festival and perform each year at Hill House Nursing Home. There is also the annual House Music Competition, which is run by pupils in Year 10.