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The breadth, depth and range of Music, and the wideness of participation at The London Oratory School mark it out as amongst the School’s most distinctive features.  Here, pupils explore music within the western classical tradition, and all are encouraged to take up an instrument and to contribute to one of the many opportunities for performance, from the low key to the high register.


All pupils will sing and use a range of instruments to explore music in a wide range of historical and cultural contexts.  They will develop their practical skills, co-ordination and ability to create music with others.  Regular listening and analysis activities will allow pupils to develop a wider appreciation of different musical genres and styles.

In first form, pupils will develop their ability to sing through exploring a wide range of music including parts of the mass, hymns and chant.  They will also learn and perform folk songs and non-western melodies including traditional African pieces.  Pupils will create their own melodies and develop their Keyboard, Guitar and composing skills through completing a range of projects which they will record and edit using music software.

In second form, pupils will build on prior learning by studying some of the great works from the Baroque period.  They will also explore Jazz, Blues and Minimalist styles and how these relate to other contexts.  They will continue to sing liturgical music for masses and school events.  Pupils will record performances and develop composition using music software.

In third form, pupils will explore music for the stage including extracts from Operas and Musicals.  They will learn about different popular music genres and will create and record their own cover versions of songs in different styles.  Pupils will study a range of film themes and will create their own compositions based on these using music software.



Qualification Pathway:      GCSE Music

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The course aims to provide all pupils with a stimulating and well-rounded music education focusing the development of practical skills and a deeper understanding of how music works in different, wide-ranging contexts and cultures.

GCSE musicians will develop solo and ensemble performing skills through working with their individual instrumental and vocal tutors in weekly lessons.  They will also participate in a school ensemble and/or choir to further develop performing and aural skills through working in a range of musical contexts. 

All musicians will explore composing techniques in various genres ranging from traditional Western forms to contemporary and popular styles. 

Pupils will study a range of music from the following four areas of study: Instrumental Music 1700-1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen and Fusions in preparation for a listening and appraising exam at the end of the second year.