At Highgate Wood we want all our students to make more music, think more musically and consequently become more musical. The Music department at Highgate Wood aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Music is a powerful, non verbal language that can change the way pupils feel, think and act, by conveying the complexity of emotions and offering students a means of expression.
The Music department at Highgate Wood School aims to give students a broad experience of musical styles, to help build a musical community that is creative, inquisitive and rich with diversity. We aim to give all students knowledge, skills and experience in listening to music, performing music and composing music, gaining confidence in using both traditional methods as well as technology when building musical compositions. We offer many opportunities for our students to perform the work of others, explore their own creative potential through composing work and through wider listening and engagement come to a broader understanding of musical culture, and meaning. This enables all our students to gain knowledge of how music over time and across cultures has been a conduit for human expression, whilst celebrating the diversity of our school community.
Our students develop technical control over the sound they are producing and by the end of KS3 are all able to perform an instrument with confidence in a group and as a soloist. Practising in small musical groups also develops student’s skills of trust, respect and compromise. Students also have many opportunities to play music outside of lesson time, through instrumental lessons and extra-curricular clubs, such as orchestra, jazz band, choir, brass, guitar and mandolin ensembles, who perform at various concerts throughout the year. Music at HWS challenges students, stimulating their intellectual and creative curiosity, preparing them to be lifelong learners and active global citizens and inspiring them to be the best they can be.