Music plays a vital role in the emotional, cultural, social and academic development of our students. It is our ambition to develop skilled musicians, from Year 1 through to Year 13, enabling them to achieve to their musical potential. Our curriculum rationale emphasises the intrinsic musical value of well-developed individual musicianship. Our curriculum is rigorous and faithful to the rich inheritance of music education, and is underpinned by our external qualifications. This, with ample enrichment opportunities (performances, extra-curricular ensembles, recording technology available,) enables students to reach their aspirations to acquire and apply skills that they value in a practical context. These practical skills are progressively built upon and applied in the acquisition of knowledge about specific styles, genres, time periods and location-based music. Composing, Performing and Listening are our key areas of assessment, incorporating history, aural, theory and notation. Students also have to demonstrate self-reflection skills and critical reflection on the processes used.