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The music department at KCD is a fun and vibrant place to be. We offer an inclusive approach to music enabling all pupils to participate and experience the joy of making music in their own way. We also encourage our musicians to achieve to the very best of their potential and support the most talented to achieve the highest possible standards.

We offer a broad range of extra-curricular opportunities to cater for the needs and interests of all and encourage all instrumentalists and vocalists to participate. Pupils also have access to high-quality instrumental and vocal teaching, at any level, starting any time from joining the school, as well as the opportunity to undertake external music examinations with The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity Guildhall.

All pupils have weekly curriculum music lessons in KS3 and then the option to choose Music at GCSE and A level in Key Stages 4 & 5. We work regularly with the Drama department to stage whole-school musicals and smaller productions.

Music Technology is also an important part of the department’s provision.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 to 9 music is taught with a highly creative and practical approach covering a wide range of musical styles and cultures. Pupils perform, compose and listen to music regularly in lessons in order to fully understand the variety of cultures and genres studied and to build and develop self confidence and teamwork. These styles are covered through exploration of the key elements of music. Pupils also have access to a wide range of ICT software which is used to support and enhance learning. KS3 provides a breadth of musical experience which helps to foster an enjoyment of all types of music whilst preparing the way for those wishing to study music further.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Music is offered at GCSE level with the Edexcel examination board. Pupils develop their musical knowledge, understanding and skills including performing, composing, listening and appraising. Studying GCSE music helps to promote cultural development through listening and playing a wide range of music, and it supports social and personal development by creating and performing music with others, both within the lesson and through extracurricular activities. GCSE music also broadens pupils’ musical experience and interests, develops imagination and fosters creativity. Pupils following the GCSE Music course are expected to take a full and active part in the musical life of the school. Part of the course requirement can be met by playing or singing in a school group.

Key Stage 5 (A level)

The A level course is based around performing, composing, listening and analytical skills in almost equal measure. As well as listening to a wide variety of music to develop a more informed appreciation of how and why it was written and/or performed, pupils continue to develop their skills as a performer on an instrument or voice. They also develop skills in composition with the opportunity to use music software and technology to develop and express their ideas. The course is suitable for anyone who has a keen interest in creating and listening to different styles of music, and who wishes to broaden their experience and deepen their understanding of both live and recorded music.

Director of Music: Karen Bourdillon
I am always available for an informal discussion about how Kent College Dubai can shape your child’s future in music.


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