The Music Department at Sawston Village College has long been regarded as one of the very best in the area. Proud of its inclusive policy, the Department teaches in mixed ability groups throughout the age range and follows an essentially practical curriculum. This aims, through a series of integrated projects, to extend the pupils’ experience in the central activities outlined in the National Curriculum.

The Department is housed in a purpose built Performing Arts centre with two large teaching rooms, an instrumental teaching room, 5 practice rooms (all of which are equipped with pianos) and a small Music Technology room. The Drama/Dance studio is located within the same building. The Department has an enthusiasm for World music so, in addition to the usual classroom instruments, there is a large set of steel pans, a good sized Samba kit and a large number of djembes. Although the emphasis is on practical music making throughout the school, many GCSE students make use of Music Technology to realise and present their composition coursework. The Department is equipped with 12 Apple Mac computers.

Music is a popular option at KS4. The broad scope of the syllabus encourages pupils with a wide variety of musical interests and strengths to continue their study. Results have been consistently high in recent years. In addition to the GCSE course the Department also offers twilight classes which work towards the NCFE V Cert Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies (Music Technology) and the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory qualification.

The Department benefits from the services of an excellent team of visiting instrumental teachers. Well over 150 pupils are receiving tuition in school this year on a wide range of instruments. Singers and instrumentalists are prepared for Associated Board, Trinity Guildhall and Rock School examinations when appropriate.

Music is highly valued at Sawston and the Department offers a wide range of regular music making opportunities for enthusiastic players and singers. The current programme includes Junior and Senior Choirs, Junior and Senior Concert Bands, Brass Band, Jazz Band, Samba School, String Orchestra, Folk Fiddles, Guitar and Ukulele group, Percussion Ensemble and Flute Choir. Many of these groups are open to all; membership of others is by audition or invitation. There are many opportunities for public performances during the year. Highlights include the College Carol Service in Great St. Mary’s Church, Cambridge, and the College Concert held each spring at the University Music School Concert Hall in West Road. 

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