The Ipswich School Britten Faculty of Music has an impressive reputation as a place where young musicians thrive, finding unstinting support from expert staff. Opportunities abound for enjoyable achievement. From enthusiastic beginners to outstanding specialist students, everyone is encouraged to discover music that suits their tastes and develops their abilities.
Music is a cornerstone of school life. It features in the curriculum from the Lower School to Sixth Form and we offer high academic standards in a stimulating and creative musical environment. We are supported by approximately thirty visiting teachers who provide lessons during the school day on piano, strings, brass, percussion, guitar, keyboard, harp and woodwind. In addition, we run a range of ensembles and choirs, including our flagship Chapel Choir.
Currently, as well as teaching and practice rooms, we have a large rehearsal room, a keyboard laboratory and a music technology centre. Great School is a fine concert hall seating 400 and is equipped with a new Steinway grand piano, while Little School seats 200 and has a Grotrian-Steinweg grand piano.
In the Lower School, the course covers listening and appraising, composing and performing. Keyboard skills and composition are taught using the keyboard laboratory along with software such as Sibelius. Pupils perform in concerts, in class, as well as singing as a year group in larger concerts.
Year 9 pupils explore the use of music, in the media, as well as projects in exploring different genres of music through history. Year 9 Music also includes a practical Samba and gamelan project. The Edexcel GCSE in Music allows pupils to capitalise on their different musical interests. The areas of study include a wide range of music including classical, world music and popular music. The GCSE is designed to allow the study of music through the integration of performing, composing, listening and appraising with the opportunity to use music as a compositional tool.
“It is so inspiring to be taught by someone who has such a passion for music and performing” from a GCSE student.
The Edexcel A Level offers students the opportunity to develop their analytical skills through the context of 6 areas of study. Alongside a multitude of other performance opportunities. A Level Music students give a recital in our Year 13 Leaver’s Concert, as part of their A Level performance element.
As a result students are well prepared for entry to Music College or University.
“It has been an utterly superb few years in Ipswich School’s Music Faculty and this is to thank you for all you have done during my time here. I am really going to miss everything that goes with being a member of such a friendly, widely-talented and encouraging group of people.” A Level student
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