Mr S. Welsh (Head of Department)
Mr T. Fisher
Music plays a large part in the life of the school in both curricular and extra-curricular activities. In class, students learn about music by singing, playing classroom instruments and listening to music ; the theory of the subject is taught through these activities. Music may be studied at GCSE and BTEC Performing Arts Level 3.
Here is the link to the Interactive Keyboard:
Year 8 Homework worksheet of Pachelbels Canon:
Students may learn to play orchestral instruments. Tuition is given in a variety of instruments including saxophone, trumpet, violin, piano, guitar and drums. Lessons are timetabled on a rota system during the school day. Individual instrumental and vocal tuition is available at Coombe Boys’ through the Kingston Music Service. Further details and application forms can be obtained directly from the Kingston Music Service website:
Those studying instruments develop their skills by taking part in ensembles which include Keyboard Club as well as the Rock Band and groups formed for various occasions on an ad hoc basis. There are also choirs in which all students can both develop and enjoy singing: these are also invaluable training for instrumentalists. Trips to support the curriculum are organised e.g. DJ Workshops and Vocal Technology workshops at Hook Recording Studio.
The Music Department works closely with the Drama Department to put on Musical Productions, Cabaret Evenings and a Performing Arts Festival in the Summer Term. These various performances, as well as assemblies and school functions such as Prize Giving, provide the chance for all instrumentalists and singers to perform. The reputation for high standards of performance has resulted in us also being booked for several external engagements which include the Kingston Attendance Awards Ceremony and Rotary fund raising events.