Enfield Grammar School has a successful, busy, vibrant and thriving music department with an engaging and challenging curriculum. We run over 20 extra-curricular clubs and ensembles a week supported by an amazing team of 15 professional Peripatetic Instrumental Music Staff.
Our department is built on a strong and rich music pedigree of professional performers, composers and educators. We are incredibly proud of our past and our alumni but never rest on our laurels, providing innovative and modern facilities and practices to provide our students with the best education today for the musicians of tomorrow.
Our facilities include;
- Two music technology suites using mac’s top-of-the-range Logic Pro X software complete with six-octave, touch-sensitive keyboards
- A second classroom houses four purpose-built rehearsal rooms for group work and practice during music lessons
- Two practice rooms (available for students to book for those wishing to practice, rehearse etc…)
- Three ‘silent’ rehearsal facilities using the JamHub hardware
Click here to: Meet The Music Team and read their bio’s
Lessons are available on most orchestral instruments (brass, woodwind, string etc.) as well as guitar, bass guitar and double bass, drum kit, piano and voice. Individual music theory lessons are also available.
There is a limited stock of school instruments available for termly hire, however, instruments can also be purchased through the school.
Please contact Mr Escott in the Music Office, Lower School for further information or email: [email protected]
From 19th September 2022:
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Years 10 and 11
At Enfield Grammar School we follow the AQA Specification GCSE Music.
Is this the right subject for me? Yes, if you enjoy:
- Composing and performing music
- Learning an instrument or singing
- Creating Music on your instrument, on a computer or in a recording studio
- Learning about all types of music, including classical, popular and world music
In order to do well students must:
- Attend regular instrumental / voice lessons – Performing places great physical strain on the body and students must train their bodies to cope with the rigours of performing in order to create successful performances. We have a highly committed and experienced roster of instrumental tutors who work very closely with the curriculum team, the parents and the students to support the coursework fully
- Take part in ensembles – The department run over 20 ensembles a week and there is a clear link between success in music and engagement in musical ensembles. Taking part in groups makes preparing for your ensemble performance a lot easier
- Choose an appropriate piece for performance – There are marks available for grades but a good, solid performance is what’s required. Always remember that an easier piece played well is always better than a difficult piece played badly
- Listen to music – Sounds obvious right? But students must engage fully in listening lessons and complete all Homework tasks set (this will frequently involve learning facts about the set works in preparation for the exam).
– Listening to a wide range of music– Attending live music performances– Performing music as much music as possible from a wide range of repertoire will also help students to gain the musical understanding required for this area of the course.
Thorough revision as the exam approaches
Unit 1: Performing – controlled assessment (30%)
Unit 2: Composing – controlled assessment (30%)
Unit 3: Listening & Appraising – terminal exam (40%)
- Section A – 8 compulsory questions that require students to respond to extracts of music
- Section B – 2 questions, of which students choose one to answer, it will require an extended, essay-type answer.
- Western Classical Music
- Music in the 20th Century
- Popular Music in Context
- World Music.
Who is this course for?
This course is designed for students who have an interest in making music through technology and wish to develop their skills further.
The course has an emphasis on practical work and will allow you to cultivate a wide range of skills, including sequencing MIDI and audio, recording live instruments,
producing and composing using music technology.
Music Technology can lead to studying engineering or audio engineering at university but has a huge benefit to any university application as it shows creativity, attention to detail, the ability to work to a deadline, teamwork, and analytical skills.
How will I be assessed and what will I be studying?
Component 1: Recording (20%)
Students will learn how to use production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.
- One recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs provided by Pearson, consisting of a minimum of five compulsory instruments and two additional instruments.
- Keyboard tracks may be sequenced
- Total time must be between 3 minutes and 3½ minutes.
- Logbook and authentication form must be supplied
Component 2: Technology-based composition (20%)
Students will create, edit, manipulate and structure sounds to produce a technology-based composition.
- One technology-based composition chosen from three briefs set by Pearson
- Synthesis and sampling/audio manipulation and creative effects use must be included
- Total time must be 3 minutes
- Logbook and authentication form must be supplied.
Component 3: Listening and analysing (25%)
This is a written exam that tests students’ knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques through the listening of unfamiliar commercial recording.
The paper lasts 1hours 30mins.
Component 4: Producing and analysing (35%)
This component is a written/practical exam that tests students’ knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be applied to unfamiliar materials.
Each students will be provided with a set of audio/MIDI materials for the practical element of the exam.
The exam lasts 2hours 15minutes.
What is a Music Scholar?
A music scholar is a student who upholds the highest standards of our musicians and serves as an inspiration to other students.
Admission Scholars – An Admission Scholar has gained entry to Enfield Grammar through musical ability prior to school application. There are 9 Admission Scholar places available each academic year. Admissions scholars are selected through two audition steps:
- Musical Aptitude Test. Students sit a thirty-minute listening test. If they reach above the required threshold, students are invited back for the second stage.
- Practical Audition. Students are invited to perform a piece of their choosing on their principal instrument.
Click for: Admissions & Scholarships
Award Scholars – Many of the department’s success stories of award-winning, world-class musicians, developed their passion for music during their studies at Enfield Grammar. To provide these students with the same, awesome provision as the Admissions Scholars, the music department has designed additional opportunities to join the scholarship system. These scholars are called ‘Awards Scholars’.
An Award Scholar is a student who is already a student at Enfield Grammar and continues to show outstanding commitment, progress, and behaviour (as set out in our scholarship admissions criteria). Potential Award Scholars are nominated by the Music Team at the end of each term and are invited to sit the Musical Aptitude Test. Upon passing the Musical Aptitude the student will be awarded their scholarship colours at the end of term celebration assembly, after which they have full access to our scholarship programme.
The Scholarship Programme
All scholars (Admissions and Awards) are provided with the same exciting development programme during their time at Enfield Grammar School. This includes:
- A designated, and fully trained, Music Ambassador to help guide our scholars through grades, practice, performance and musical skills. The Music Ambassadors are senior Music Scholars who are provided with training in coaching and mentoring.
- An E-portfolio to document meetings with the Music Ambassador and teaching staff, keep a record of performances they’ve taken part in, grades taken and any enrichment activities relating to music. This portfolio will be review each half term with the support of the Music Ambassador.
- An accredited Music Theory course to accelerate knowledge and understanding of the building blocks of music.
- Exclusive trips to music events and venues to explore careers and opportunities in the world of Music and the Arts
Can My Son Apply? Your son is more than welcome to apply for a school place under the Music Scholarship criteria if you feel they meet the eligibility criteria.
To apply, download the: Supplementary Application Form for Entry in September 2023
We look forward to welcoming your son to the music department in the next round of auditions
Testimonials, Footage & Tracks
We’ve been fortunate enough that both of our sons have greatly benefited from the camaraderie and life experiences that the music department offer. It has given them some amazing experiences outside of the classroom. They have enjoyed numerous concerts at school and had wonderful times on Tours all around Europe. Music at Enfield Grammar is not just another lesson!! The Egan Family
Hear from ex, and current, students of Enfield Grammar School about how the music department has impacted their lives and careers.
Enjoy the wide range of music making at Enfield Grammar School.
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