The Music Department delivers an internally designed exciting course in First and Second Year. The subject becomes an option in Third Year, during which pupils gain the theoretical, analytical, creative and performance skills required for the GCSE course. Pupils can then choose to study for the new Edexcel GCSE Music. In the Sixth Form, the Music Department offers A Level Music, for which we teach the Edexcel Specification. Music Technology can be utilised at both GCSE and A Level as part of the courses offered and the Department is equipped with Pro Tools 12, Logic Pro X and Sibelius software. The Head of Department is Mrs Katie Staggs, who has been in post since 2012. Music lessons are taught in superb facilities: the newly opened, award-winning Music School includes a Lecture Theatre, two outstanding fully equipped classrooms, a Music Technology suite, a Drum Studio, a GCSE / A Level study room and ten practice rooms.
Music at Yarm School is thriving and its reputation nationally is ever-increasing. Talented pupils perform with national and regional ensembles; outstanding classical vocalists have been selected for the prestigious Samling Academy; choir has achieved national success in the 2016 Choir of the Year competition; and our sell-out production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ was heralded as a performance of the highest professional standard. Our aim is create a purposeful buzz and desire to learn, both inside and out of the classroom.
We are proud of our amazing new facilities, which have enabled us to make our provision even more exciting! Individual instrumental and vocal tuition is offered and ABRSM, Rock School and LCM music examinations take place in school. There is a busy schedule of weekly rehearsals to suit all musical standards and tastes, with regular concerts taking place in the Princess Alexandra Auditorium, our riverside Recital Room, the new Lecture Theatre and the renovated medieval Dovecote.
In addition to the aforementioned choir competition and ‘Guys and Dolls’, other highlights include a choir tour to the Czech Republic, a performance of Mozart C Minor Mass with international soloists, services in York Minster and Yarm Parish Church, a performance of the Armed Man with the Black Dyke Band, a joint orchestral concert with Ampleforth College, sell-out concerts in the Princess Alexandra Auditorium, a performance in Leeds Town Hall, Big Band’s performance in Sunderland Jazz festival and a host of valuable community initiatives. On the strength of our choral work, our talented treble choristers have been invited to sing in Britten’s War Requiem at the Sage, whilst the choir will be performing with Oxford University’s chamber choir, Schola Cantorum, and, by popular request, our choir and community choral society will once again be performing with the Black Dyke Band.