Staff

Head of Department:

Mr C McQueen

Teaching Staff:

Mrs S Greer 

Mrs H McMordie

Support Staff:

Mrs S Adgey, Voice Tutor
Mrs A Butler, Upper Strings Tutor
Mrs R Carlisle, Voice & Piano Tutor
Mr P Comfort, Percussion Tutor
Mr R Dawson, Brass Tutor
Mr R Glynn, Lower Strings Tutor
Dr G MacAtasney, Clarinet & Saxophone Tutor
Mrs R McDonald, Department Administrator, Piano Tutor
Mr P McErlane, Bassoon Tutor
Mrs M Mahony, Flute Tutor
Mrs H Marsden, Upper Strings Tutor
Mrs H Watson, Woodwind Tutor
Mr N Williamson Piano Accompanist


Why Study Music?

Music is a combination of sounds, silence, rhythm, pitch, tone, melody and harmony that communicate emotions and ideas. It has great power to excite and to relax us, to bring back memories and to make us feel nostalgic.

Research shows that studying music can help students develop critical thinking, spatial reasoning and cognitive skills. It also helps develop communication skills and encourages creativity and expressiveness. Students who play music as part of a group develop team-working skills, self-discipline, self-esteem and the ability to listen to others.


Key Stage 3

All children in years 8 - 10 receive two periods of classroom music per week. This involves recorder, keyboard and guitar playing as soloists and in ensembles, composing in the department’s keyboard laboratory, and developing listening skills through exposure to music written from the late Renaissance to the present day.


GCSE

Music is now a favourite option for GCSE, with approximately 30 - 40 pupils each year choosing to develop these skills even further. Students will follow the CCEA examination syllabus for this course and will also study Musical Theory up to Grade 5 level.

The criteria for entry to a GCSE Music class is

  • Grade 3 Pass (ABRSM or Trinity) on a musical instrument or voice
  • Grade A in Year 10 summer music examination

A Level

A Level classes for the ‘serious’ study of music now averages at 10-15 pupils each year. Students will follow the CCEA Examination Syllabus for this course and will also study Musical Theory up to Grade 8 Level.

The criteria for entry to an A Level Music class is:

  • Grade 5 Pass (ABRSM or Trinity) on a musical instrument or voice
  • Grade 5 Pass (ABRSM or Trinity) in Musical Theory
  • Grade A in GCSE Music

Extra-Curricular Music

At Regent House School we have a well-established musical tradition that extends back over eighty years. The Music Department at Regent consists of four classroom teachers and thirteen instrumental tutors, all of whom combine their talents in the maintenance of three orchestras, two wind bands, four choirs, numerous smaller ensembles for brass, woodwind, strings and saxophones, a Big Band and a madrigal group. Full details are on our extra curricular activities page.