Wycliffe College has a thriving Music Department, which plays a large part in everyday life at the school. The Music Department offers a friendly and purposeful atmosphere where pupils of all musical interests and abilities can enjoy making music.
Housed in its own building, the Music Department has a well-equipped teaching room and several practice rooms. There is also a state-of-the-art Music Technology Suite and recording studio. All rooms provide exciting and stimulating opportunities for the pupils. Music is taught from Year 9, with pupils being given the option to continue studies in Music at GCSE and then A Level. Music Technology is also offered as an A Level subject.
Outside the classroom is a wealth of co-curricular activities, from the more traditional Chapel Choir and Orchestra to smaller ensembles like Guitar Group and Jazz Combo. We aim to provide something for everyone, exploring a wide range of musical styles. We invite professional musicians to run masterclasses and most recently the internationally renowned Voces8 visited to run a vocal workshop with pupils. Further support is provided through free classes in music theory. Wycliffe is a centre for ABRSM and Rock School examinations.
The Music Department calendar is very busy, with performances both inside and outside of school, and whole-school music events. Every second year, the College produces a staged musical production, most recently Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables and The Threepenny Opera.
A team of eleven specialist peripatetic teachers provide individual tuition on a wide range of instruments, with over 120 lessons taking place each week.
Whatever a pupil’s background in music, Wycliffe has all of the resources to give its pupils the opportunity to flourish.
Studying Music at A Level has led to several pupils being accepted to Falmouth University and The Arts University Bournemouth to read music at a degree level.