Welcome to the Music Department.
An enthusiastic, committed and forward-looking department. Our aim is to give all students the opportunity to fulfil their potential in Music, by producing first class teaching and experiences. The Music Departmental Team, includes a Head of Department, 2nd in charge of the Department (TLR), one part-time practitioner, one member of staff who has pastoral responsibility in the College as well as teaching Music, a full-time Studio Technician, eight peripatetic tutors (employed by the College) and administration support. Our extra-curricular programme is also greatly enhanced by staff from other Departments. A major strength of the Department is the cohesive way in which all staff members contribute to the work of the team.
The Department has purpose-built accommodation, opened in 2005. The three large teaching rooms are well equipped, each with piano, computer, projector, DVD drive, audio provision, percussion and keyboards (with headphones). There are five practice rooms, accommodating the peripatetic lessons and group work. Two further rooms house the departmental specialist ICT facilities. This is constantly being improved. We have nine machines, each with Logic, Cubase and Sibelius, as well as license to use the programmes on a laptop and on classroom PCs. There are a further seven desktop machines with Sibelius in teaching rooms. The College holds a license for Dance eJay and this is utilised in College ICT Suites for Years 8 and 9. The students are able to keep their instruments in a dedicated store. The state-of-the-art Recording Studio is heavily used by students at both GCSE and Post-16 level. The equipment is managed by a full-time Music Technician. The department is also very near the main hall, able to seat 499 audience/performers, where some of our concerts are held.
The department provides a vibrant and wide-ranging Extra-Curricular programme that is supported by both class and peripatetic staff. Instrument lessons are co-ordinated at the College and serve the majority of our feeder primary schools as well. As such, the College employs its own team of dedicated and experienced professionals, teaching woodwind, strings, brass, piano/keyboard, voice, guitar and percussion. Students participate in ensembles at College, local and regional levels. College ensembles have participated in the National Music for Youth Competition, with the Balalaika Ensemble and 'Weekend Rescue' (student band) reaching the National Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. We work closely with feeder primaries - the College running a transition choir (‘SHOUT’) for Years 5 to 8. Our current provision includes: Senior Band, Junior Band, Cantare (Senior choir), SING (Junior Choir), Music Technology club, House Band, Folk Group and Keyboard Club. All members of the Departmental Team offer complementary skills helping to bring a full and rich experience for our students.
Additionally, the department presents an extensive concert and events programme throughout the year. A typical year includes: Autumn Concert (in conjunction with a Rotary Club) held at the College and attended by c.400, Community Carol Service (at our local Parish Church), four year-group carol services (in conjunction with pastoral staff), two peripatetic music concerts (an opportunity to hear students who learn instruments and to meet the teachers involved), performance at the Devon County Show, performances in the Exmouth Summer Festival, summer cabaret of performing arts (dance, drama, music at Exmouth Pavilion, in conjunction with Exmouth Rotary club), a concert of vocal music, a summer Swing Band evening, outside, weather permitting (usually with other local musicians from the community and/or local secondary schools), Post 16 music gigs/recitals and College production in conjunction with drama/dance. Recent College musicals include: Fame, Grease, Kiss Me Kate, Hair, Threepenny Opera, Cabaret, Bugsy Malone and Oliver. The College Music and Drama Departments are producing Les Miserables in December 2018.
The following were also part of our programme for various recent academic years: a workshop and concert with the Band of HM Royal Marines (CTCRM Lympstone), Senior SING attending workshop and performing in Exeter Cathedral as part of the Devon ‘Celebrating Singing Excellence’ event, SING supporting a professional operatic trio at a concert, a GCSE/Post-16 visit to the Royal Opera House, attending a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, workshop and concert with an American Gospel Choir from Tennessee. There are other events throughout the year, both in and outside of College, organised by community groups and students. In March 2011, the Music Department ran its first Tour to Paris, taking 60 students to perform in the French capital (singers and instrumentalists). This has been followed by equally successful tours to Valkenburg, Netherlands (March 2013), Dublin (February 2015), Amsterdam (February 2017) and Belgium (February 2018). Students wishing to learn an instrument should contact their Music teacher or Head of Department for further information.