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Musical excellence and opportunities for all


Dean Close Music Department is characterised by its warm, open and purposeful atmosphere. We pride ourselves on our longstanding reputation for musical excellence, and on offering performing opportunities for both beginners and experienced musicians.

At Dean Close, every pupil will be involved in a musical performance of some sort during their time at School. For many, music is an essential part of daily life and pupils regularly continue to Music Conservatoires and degree courses, to Oxbridge as Choral or Instrumental Scholars, or just as keen amateurs.

The Department

Our modern, purpose-built Music School is beautifully designed and accommodates our hi-tech recording studio, large Concert Hall, specialist classrooms equipped with Cubase and Sibelius composition software, superb practice rooms, a well-resourced library and an extensive collection of instruments for hire.

All pupils in the Fourth Form within their timetabled academic lessons explore the fundamentals of musical composition, performance and analysis through practical topics including Fanfare, Ground Bass, Jazz, Film Music and the Elements of Music. Pupils taking Music at GCSE and A Level follow the Edexcel Music specification.

Co-curricular Music

Over 200 individual music lessons take place each week and pupils can learn any orchestral instrument, electric guitar or bass, drum kit or have individual singing or music technology lessons. We have an experienced team of 25 dedicated instrumental teachers; most pupils are prepared for music exams and the Department boasts extremely good results in both Associated Board and Trinity examinations.

We are fortunate to have the world-renowned Carducci Quartet leading the Dean Close Strings Department, teaching individual lessons and weekly coaching ensembles.

Our inspiring, diverse musical activities include:

Brass Group Concert Band Rock & Pop Groups
Chamber Choir Instrumental Ensembles String Quartets
Chapel Choir Jazz Band Music Theory Groups
Choral Society Sinfonia  
Close Harmony Symphony Orchestra  

With approximately 50 - 60 concerts, music trips and workshops each year, ranging from informal lunchtime recitals and a concert series for post Grade 8 musicians to major choral and orchestral events, there are many opportunities for solo and ensemble performances for pupils of all abilities.

Music Scholarships are offered for entry at 13+ and Sixth Form, and our Girling Scholarship is a dedicated Award for Sixth Form Organists.

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