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Welcome to Music Options Taster Session

Did you know? 

The most expensive instrument in the world is the “Lady Blunt” Stradivarius violin, which sold in 2011 for US$15.9 million and the harmonica is the world’s best-selling music instrument.

We hope you enjoy the taster session!


Does my child need to play an instrument aside from singing? 

Singing is absolutely an instrument! If your child sings, this can be considered as their primary instrument that they focus on at GCSE. They will do one solo performance and one ensemble performance. 


Does my child need to have instrumental lessons? 

We always encourage students to have instrumental lessons either at home or within school. Our instrumental lessons haven’t been running at the moment due to COVID, but hopefully we’ll be able to get them up and running again soon.  


My child gets very nervous about performing in front of the class. Will they be able to do GCSE Music? 

Of course! I find that within a short period of time, most students have built up their confidence to perform in front of the class. Performance will become such a regular assessment that takes place, that after a few performances your child will be used to the process. The final GCSE recordings will take place in a classroom without an audience.  


Will my child get a chance to perform in concerts and events? 

We run a big Christmas Concert every year (there wasn’t a concert this year due to COVID restrictions) which the GCSE classes play a huge part in. Over the last few years we have also performed at a number of different venues and taken part in workshops such as a Music Management workshop at the Royal Albert Hall.   


My child can’t play difficult pieces on their instrument. Is this OK? 

I always say that it is much better to play a simple piece well than struggle with a difficult piece. You will get more marks for playing a simple piece accurately and musically than trying to play a piece that is too hard. 


Why should my child study GCSE Music when it isn’t related to what they want to do when they are older? 

Universities and job places often say that a student who studies arts shows that they are a well-rounded person. If your child was to apply for a job and another candidate had exactly the same qualifications as them, often it’s things like this that help them stand out! You must make sure that you look at the requirements in detail though, as some professions determine exactly what should be studied at GCSE/A-Level.