On arrival at Halliford, every pupil is encouraged and valued as a musician, regardless of their aptitude, interest, experience or aspiration. Music is an integral part of school life, with hymn singing in assembly, and a continuous programme of musical opportunities in which pupils can participate.
Boys are exposed to a wide range of music from contrasting time and place and with different contextual backgrounds. The variety of musical experiences, enables them to develop a love and appreciation for Music and the potential to further this passion towards their career. Pupils often go on to further their music studies at institutions such as Royal Holloway, Guilford ACM, The Purcell School of Music, Birmingham University and LCCM London.
Music is taught in the purpose built Colin Squire Music Studios. This space comprises a galleried recital hall, three separate classrooms designed for our maximum class sizes of 12, featuring a Music Technology/Composition room with 13 iMac work stations, A Practical/Performance room with a further 4 iMac stations and Roland Keyboards and a designated room for Listening, analysis and theory teaching. The recording studio facilitates recording from any of our department areas, including the individual practice rooms and drum room. Many concert performances take place in the John Crook Theatre.
Years 7 - 9
Year 8 and 9 pupils receive one forty minute lesson of music per week and Year 7 receive two lessons per week. Class sizes are small, with a maximum of twelve in Years 7 and 8, and nine in Year 9. Our peripatetic music school comprises a strong team of specialist instrumental and vocal teachers who deliver one to one tuition and prepare pupils for graded examinations and upcoming concerts. Boys taking graded examinations may do so with ABRSM or Trinity or may opt not to follow the exam route. Our department staff all give generously of their time and support pupils with their studies outside of classroom and extra curricular time.
In the first half term, boys in Year 7 and 8 participate in the Halliford Song Contest - a whole school event in which classes and Houses compete with a prepared performance of their chosen song. Boys are invited to sing in the Carol Service and the Year 7 boys have their own dedicated concert opportunity as well as their own category in The Halliford Young Musician Competition. The Junior Choir is open to Years 7 and 8.
Boys follow the Edexcel (1MU0) Syllabus. The course includes the three core areas of Performance (30%), Composition (30%) and Appraising (40%). This course allows for a broad yet thorough foundation for those who wish to further their music education or those who simply wish to gain knowledge skills and understanding of the world of music. Pupils perform as soloists and as part of an ensemble and learn to compose in a variety of styles using the latest Sibelius and Logic software.
A Level Music
Seniors follow the Edexcel (8MU0 / 9MU0) specification. The course ratios of Performance (30%), Composition (30%) and Appraising (40%), make for a rigorous and broad musical experience, enabling candidates to strengthen their skills, knowledge and understanding to the highest level in preparation for further education and careers in music or related areas.
Performance lies at the heart of our music education. The department offers a wide range of performance opportunities throughout the year and so there is always something for our pupils to take advantage of, whatever their ability or passion. These activities include:
- The School Musical (past productions include "The Great Gatsby", "Little Shop of Horrors", and "Blood Brothers)
- The Halliford Song Contest
- The Young Musician Competition
- Regular Lunchtime Concerts
- Performances in Assemblies
- The Winter Concert
- Annual Christmas Carol and Easter Services
- Themed Summer Concert Series (Including Swing / Soul / The Beatles / Decades / Film Music)
- Summer Fair Performances
- Residential Tours
- Outreach projects
- Feeder Schools Jazz Workshops
- Floodlit Rugby Entertainment
- Examination, GCSE and A LEVEL Recitals
One of the advantages of being a small school is that we are able to be flexible and introduce additional activities according to pupil needs. Activities take place weekly or twice weekly.
- Junior Choir
- The Halliford Singers
- Chamber Choir
- Jazz Band
- String Quartet
- Classical Guitar Group
- Junior and Senior Rock Bands
- Music Theory Class
Tours and Trips
The deparment run residential tours for instrumentalists biannually. Pupils have performed in Paris, at the Edinburgh Festival and in New York.
There are multiple opportunities to participate in trips to concerts and theatre events. Year 7, for example, take a trip to "Stomp" in support of their academic studies. There have also been trips to The Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club and "School of Rock". Music Technology students also visit professional studios in support of their course.