Our Christmas Season 2017 Music Concert Programme can be accessed via this link.

Opened in 2008 by saxophonist Courtney Pine, Kingsdale Foundation School’s Music Department is a place full of energy and enthusiasm. Students are regularly encouraged to reach their full potential, and they enjoy making music in a fantastic first-class environment.

The state-of-the-art Music Department offers: 

• 4 Music teaching rooms, 3 of which are equipped with iMacs with Logic Pro X and MIDI keyboards.

• Purpose-built recording studio including control room, vocal booth, mixing desk, Apple Pro, iMacs, professional monitors.

• 7 practice rooms and two performance areas with recording capabilities (Steel Pan Room and Music Performance Hall).

• A full-range of instruments to use.


All pupils in Year 7 & 8 (Key Stage 3) attend weekly Music lessons and from Year 9 they may opt to study GCSE Music through until Year 11 (Key Stage 4). At Key Stage 5, two different A-level courses are offered - Music and Music Technology.

In addition to classroom Music lessons, there are a huge amount of ensembles and groups to get involved with both at lunchtimes and after-school. Further details can be found below.

In Years 7 & 8, pupils study musical elements, as a starting point for their ongoing musical learning during Key Stage 3. 

They learn to recognise and understand pitch, rhythm, dynamics, duration, tempo, timbre and texture, and how these are used to create contrast in music. 

Through listening, pupils learn to identify basic musical structures, such as Binary form, Ternary form, and Rondo form. Pupils learn to compose within these structures using musical elements.

Pupils also study music and instruments from different countries and cultures around the world. They learn about the relevant country, including its history, geography, culture, religion and traditions.

All learning takes place in the context of practical music making, where pupils are encouraged at all times to develop their solo and ensemble performing skills as well as composing and evaluating their work.

Homework tasks are set where pupils consolidate and extend their knowledge, and this is done online through ShowMyHomework.

Two different courses are offered at Key Stage 5:

A-level Music

Component 1: Performing

Students are given the opportunity to rehearse and refine performances on their chosen instrument or voice, developing technical control, expression and interpretative skills. This component will encourage students to develop critical awareness, self-confidence, self-motivation and their own musical interests and skills. They will make music individually and in groups, learning to perform with phrasing and dynamics appropriate to their chosen styles and moods of music.

Component 2: Composing

Students will learn of the processes involved in creating music through developing the skills needed by a composer. Students will be encouraged to explore a range of compositional starting points and investigate a range of techniques for developing and manipulating ideas. They will then turn their ideas into completed pieces of music.

Component 3: Appraising

Students develop their listening and appraising skills through the study of music across a variety of styles and genres. Students reflect on, analyse and evaluate music in aural and written form. Pupils will learn to use their understanding of musical elements and language to make judgements about music. These judgements will use specific music vocabulary associated with a particular style or genre.



A-level Music Technology

Component 1: Recording

Students learn to capture, edit and mix sounds to produce audio recordings with increased sensitivity and control. Students will develop the skills to capture and manipulate sounds in creative ways in order to communicate effectively with listeners. They will then produce a completed mix.

Component 2: Technology-based Composition

Students learn to create, edit and structure sounds to develop a technology-based composition. Students will use technology to explore a range of techniques for developing ideas. They will then turn their ideas into completed technology-based compositions.

Component 3: Listening and analysing

Students develop listening and analysing skills through the study of a range of production techniques used in music. The production stages of capture and creating sounds, editing and arranging sounds and mixing will be covered - from the 1950s until the present day.

Component 4: Producing and analysing

Students demonstrate their knowledge of the techniques and principles of music technology through a series of written and practical tasks. The production stages of sound creation, audio editing and mixing will be covered.

Tutor Time

Monday P1

Theory (11-13)

Tuesday P5

Theory Year 7

Saxophone Ensemble PH

Wednesday P1

Theory Years 9-10

Thursday P5

Theory Year 8

Chamber Music in MS1

Harp Quartet in PH

Theory ‘A’ Level students

Friday P6

Senior Steel Band in SDR

Junior Guitar Ensemble in GR

Theory for Year 11



Lunchtime Activities


Senior Brass Ensemble in PH

Chamber Choir in MS1

Junior Jazz Ensemble in SDR


Clarinet Ensemble in MS1

Junior Brass Ensemble in PH

Keyboard Club in MS2


Musical Theatre Choir PH

Senior Flute Ensemble in WR

Senior Guitar Ensemble in GR

Cello Ensemble in SDR

Chamber Music in MS1


Senior African Drumming PH

Junior Flute Ensemble in WR

Electric Guitar Ensemble SDR

String Ensemble (Year 7 & 8) in MS1


Junior Guitar Ensemble in GR

Senior Steel Band in SDR

Folk Band in MS4

Chamber Music in MS1


After School Activities


Jazz Band

Music Technology KS4


Junior Percussion Ensemble PH

Year 11 Composition

Senior Steel Band SDR



Pupil Bands


Year 11-13 Composition

Pupil Bands

Senior Jazz Ensemble in PH


Senior Percussion Ensemble in PH

Year 11 GCSE Revision



Music Department Staff

Mrs M. Graham: Director of Performing Arts            

Mr S. Mielniczuk: Head of Music

Mr J. Jones: Music Teacher/Head of Year 13   

Mr O. Williams: Music Teacher

Mr T. Karp: Music Teacher

Ms. K. Wallis: Music Teacher


Instrumental & Singing Teachers

Mr Ashton - French Horn

Ms Cawley - Clarinet, Saxophone

Mr Burnett - Electric Guitar

Mr Brown - Lower Brass

Ms Dyer - African Drumming

Mr Fowler - Jazz Trumpet

Mr Glasser - Harmonica, Jazz Piano

Mr P Graham - Strings

Ms Grint - Oboe

Ms Heard, Ms Byrne, Ms Sharp & Ms Vaughan - Singing

Mr Hibbert - Steel Pans

Mr Keen - Singing & Songwriting, Guitar

Mr Musk - Trumpet

Mr Lochrane - Flute

Ms Mackrell - Cello

Mr Maguire - Bass Guitar

Ms Melvin - Strings

Mr Pickering & Mr Brito - Drum Kit, Brazilian Drumming

Ms Shanahan, Ms Black & Ms Astedt - Piano

Mr Sharp - Upper Brass

Mr Simmonds - Percussion, Drum Kit

Mr Somervell - Double Bass, Bass Guitar

Mr Thurstans & Mr Tonks - Classical Guitar, Spanish Guitar


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