Senior School


The Music syllabus at Birkdale is a progressive course in which foundations laid on one level are built upon in the next and it is taught by specialists from PP1 (Year 1) to U6 (Year 13)
The course is designed to give pupils who enter the School at the age of four all the stimulation, knowledge, encouragement and resources eventually to handle A Level Music in the Sixth Form, should they wish to do so.
All pupils will have certain skills such as the ability to listen critically and attentively, the ability to appreciate structure in music, the recognition of different sound qualities and intensities, an appreciation of the different types, styles, cultural aspects and uses of music, a grasp of technological applications and an ability to enjoy music, whether as a listener or a performer.
Most pupils will drop their formal study of Music by the age of fourteen, but by then they should have the confidence and ability to develop whatever instrumental, choral, technical and compositional abilities they possess in their own way and all pupils are encouraged to take some part in the wide range of extra-curricular activities we offer as a department.

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