Wycliffe 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 in Year 9 as a weekly lesson and pupils experience a wide variety of music through listening, composing and performing. The course in Year 9 is varied and caters to the needs of all pupils, no matter their level of skill and musicianship. We study topics including Blues Music, Samba, African Music, Celtic Music, Using the Voice, Pop Music and Song Writing. All pupils are taught how to play a range of instruments, including the guitar, piano and drum kit, along with developing various skills to prepare them for studies at GCSE and A Level. We currently follow the Edexcel GCSE Music course and the AQA A Level course.
Music students are given many opportunities to extend their learning outside of the classroom. We organise theatre and concert trips related to the curriculum and fund composition workshops with New Music South West. We also run a variety of weekly music clinics and encourage musicians to join our extra-curricular music ensembles.
Studying Music at Wycliffe has led to several pupils being accepted to read Music and Music Technology at degree level, most recently at institutions including the University of Bristol, Cardiff University, the Royal Northern College of Music, Falmouth University and the University of Surrey.
We are very proud of have a number of Wycliffians working in the world of music, including Sam Dressel (Voces8 Tenor), Jamie N Commons (singer-songwriter), Ben Hughes (Principal Cellist of the BBC Concert Orchestra), Matthew Denton (leader of the Carducci Quartet) and Alex Symcox (award-winning composer of film and TV music).