We are a lively department, full at lunch and after school with music loving pupils taking part in various clubs or practice activities. There are two music teachers, Head of Music, Mrs Long and Mrs Gamblin. Both teacher's have been at the Hurst Community College for at least 5 years during which time they have established a number of different music clubs from 'Senior Band' - a large group of musicians who perform the music for the school production such as Follow the Star, Charlie and the Chocoloate Factory, Gifted and Talented Year 7 group, which is run by our music leaders (a group of KS4 pupils who run clubs and concerts) and perform vocal pieces to African drumming, Saxophone group (who also welcome clarinet players), Brass group, Flute group and Jazz band (performing music like Take Five).
The department puts on at least 2 concerts a year where pupils audition to take part and there is a wide range of years and styles taking place. There is a summer term inter-house music competition where each tutor group puts forward a performance (group, individual, duet) of their choice in any style they like and using any instrument/vocal combination. All performances gain house points for their tutor group and house, which goes towards the House Shield at the end of the year. The selected performances go forward to perform in a mini concert in the school hall and the chance to be crowned Hurst Musician(s) of the Year!
Currently the department runs two KS4 qualifications, GCSE Music and Music BTEC with a class in each year group. Both courses encourage pupils to perform and develop their knowledge of music and the music industry. Pupils who take these courses go on to college, to study a variety of A-levels (Music, Tech etc.) and BTECs (Performing Arts etc.), with a number continuing into higher education degree courses.
The Music department works closely with the Drama department putting on the school show and our West End Theatre trip to London, where pupils in the past have been given the chance to see 2 musicals, experience a backstage tour of a theatre and look around the O2 British Music Experience.
The Music department also hosts a number of workshops from Gamelan Orchestras, African drumming to Taiko drumming.