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Beyond The Curriculum
The music department is committed to the growth of music within the school and has built up a loyal following. This has led to good attendance at the following extracurricular activities:
Saxophone and Clarinet Ensemble (Friday lunchtime)
Jazz Band (Tuesday after school)
Orchestra (Wednesday after school)
Brass ensemble (Wednesday lunchtime)
Choir (Thursday after school)
String Group (Thursday after school)
Chamber Choir (Tuesday lunchtime)
Many informal groups do develop during the year, depending on the types of events that are running.
We offer lessons on the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, voice, drums, guitar(s), piano, brass, voice.
The department holds two large scale concerts per year (at the end of term 2 and term 4) and regularly takes part in the Canterbury Festival. The annual Carol Service in Canterbury Cathedral is a highlight of the school calendar and the department also provides musical acts for open evenings and other events. Individual student talent is celebrated with ‘Barton Court Young Musician of the Year’. We undertake one school production each year. Past productions have included Oliver! (2011), The Wizard of Oz (2012), Bugsy Malone (2013) , We Will Rock You (2014) and Grease (2015), Beauty and the Beast (2016), My Fair Lady (2017) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2018). We are very active in the local community and the choir have performed for Pilgrims Hospice and undertaken Christmas charity carol singing. The department welcomes students at break and lunchtimes, as well as after school (by appointment). Future projects will include forging stronger links with local universities, specialised workshops and projects and expanding our charitable work.
The Music Department consists of a dedicated teaching area. This contains a large main classroom, GCSE/A level classroom, five practice rooms, a music office/technology room and a good sized instrumental cupboard for storage. The department is fully stocked with electronic keyboards, guitars and amplifiers, two drums kits, tuned and untuned percussion and a variety of woodwind, string and brass instruments. The department also has the use of the main school hall, which contained high level audio equipment and a grand piano
Students regularly use Sibelius Ultimate, Guitar Pro 7 and Abelton Live 10 to produce their own compositions. The department also has a portable MP3 recorder and a multi-track recorder, both of which are available for use by all students.