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Music Department

Music at Key Stage 3 

During years 7 and 8 pupils will perform a variety of pieces of music both at the keyboard and also vocally. We aim to ensure all students can play the keyboard with fluency and accuracy. Opportunities are given to those who wish to perform in our Eisteddfod competition as well as Christmas celebrations and an annual school production. 

Students can also learn a wide range of instruments through the County Music Service as well as take part in a range of practical activities including orchestra, choirs, guitar club and theory.

Music at Key Stage 4 

Studying Music in years 9, 10 and 11 at LHS

Students continue to improve their practical skills. They are encouraged to sing and play keyboards to an even higher standard and many students may also play other instruments including orchestral instruments. Music is taught through the four areas of study:

  • Area of Study 1 – Musical Forms and Devices
  • Area of Study 2 – Music for Ensemble
  • Area of Study 3 – Film Music
  • Area of Study 4 – Popular Music

Students in exam classes who receive Free School Meals can also study through the County Music Service at no additional cost.

All year 9-11 students are encouraged to perform in our Senior Recital Evenings and take part in our other concerts and community events. Some students choose to lead their own extracurricular activities as part of their Welsh Bacc Studies.


Teaching Staff

S. Norrington (Head of Department)
A. Jenkins


Why Study Music at GCSE?

Because you enjoy it! You will have a set of skills and an intellect that means you will enjoy the subject – you will enjoy learning and we will enjoy teaching you!

Be ready to learn – and be ready to be challenged! If it is all easy, then we have set too easy a task. Equally if you are finding it too difficult, then you must feel ready to seek the support of your teachers – both very experienced and qualified who have overseen consistently excellent results for the department over a decade and more.

Music is considered highly by all higher education establishments because of the blend of skills required. It compliments all other subjects at GCSE and A level. If you have a career path or university course in mind then it is strongly suggested that you do the research and check – but we’ve yet to find a degree course that doesn’t accept GCSE Music as one of your qualifications.

What Careers is Music good for?

Music graduates have a wide range of career options available to them both inside and outside the industry, including: performer, teacher, administrator, songwriter, conductor, composer, recording engineer, manager, promoter, or music publisher. The range of roles is endless!

There are also more jobs than ever in music business related areas, such as: careers in digital marketing, social media, PR, technology, label services, ticketing and merchandising. It is also common to find music graduates in consultancy, finance, banking, music therapy and legal jobs.