The Ipswich School Britten Faculty of Music has an impressive reputation as a place where 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 which perform – in and outside school.
We look forward to the completion of Ipswich School’s current major development project to provide a state-of-the-art New Music School.
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 courses cover 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 ground bass, vocal chants and modes. 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.
A Level students give a public recital of a balanced programme of music (minimum of 8 minutes duration). They also produce advanced composition portfolios and develop their analytical skills through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works.
As a result, students are well prepared for entry to music college or university.
To give an idea of the exam results which pupils at Ipswich School achieve at A Level, we have provided an average of the results in Music over the most recent three year period (2015, 2016 and 2017). Music – % A*- B = 86%
“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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