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Our musical education currently starts at Kindergarten age, where we offer classes for children from the age of 3 (and occasionally younger still) to attend with their parents. Please see our Kindergarten Music Page for more details on this course.

All pupils at Fairfield receive class music lessons, and are given many opportunities for singing and playing. A Kodaly-based approach known as ‘Colourstrings’ is used in the early years which aims to lay firm musical foundations. The children gain in confidence and musicianship with this highly accredited approach which enhances learning in music as well as in other curricular areas. In addition, we operate a Year 2 String Scheme, where all Year 2 children receive Colourstrings tuition on either violin or cello to enhance their musical knowledge and understanding.

As pupils progress into Key Stage 2, the curriculum encompasses instrumental and ensemble work, composition, music theory and appreciation in order to prepare them for KS3. There is a strong emphasis on making music and creative music in the Fairfield curriculum, and participation in one or more of the many ensembles and choirs available at this age group is actively encouraged.

Pupils at LHS and LGS follow broadly the same curriculum, building upon the earlier principles, whilst taking into consideration the wide variety of musical experiences brought to the Endowed Schools by new pupils.

The curriculum at KS3 is largely creative in its focus. Pupils are encouraged to express themselves within a framework, and given ample opportunity to do so through performance and composition. They are also taught to analyse and appreciate a wide variety of music, from Classical to Rock and Jazz, from Western to World Music Cultures, and from contemporary styles stretching back to the Renaissance. Pupils are taught to look at printed music to gain information from it, but are also given the freedom to develop their own views and opinions based on what they hear and experience for themselves.

All pupils in Year 7 learn to read notation, play basic melodies on the keyboard, and use this knowledge to analyse and create music independently. Additionally all of Year 7 studies a major work. They then have the opportunity to perform in a large scale performance alongside other musicians. In academic year 2015-16 the work is Mozart’s Requiem, and the performance will take place in Leicester’s De Montfort Hall.

In Year 8 pupils are introduced to chords and accompaniment patterns to further their composition skills, structures such as fugue and rondo and composition for film and television. They will also study a topic on GarageBand, a basic sequencing programme on iPad.

The curriculum at Year 9 is optional, and acts as a pre-curser to the IGCSE course taught from Year 10. Whilst maintaining the focus on creativity pupils study a variety of topics; the focus for which is composition and performance. They will study topics on Vocal Chants, Ground Bass, Concerti, Music and Media, Cartoon Music, and Music from Indonesia.

Option information for studying Music at GCSE/AS/A2

Pupils opt for GCSE Music in Years10 and 11.  We follow the IGCSE Music course, which comprises 3 areas: Performance; Composition; and Listening and Analysis. Pupils should feel that this leads on comfortably from KS3, and in particular Year 9, giving them a smooth transition to this examination course. The additional aspect of this course is the Set Work. This gives students them the opportunity to study a piece of music in real depth, understanding the structure and compositional processes used.

We currently study the OCR Specification for AS and A2 Music, which allows pupils to hone their musical skills further. LHS and LGS Year 12 and 13 students are taught in small mixed sets.  Listening and analytical skills are developed even further through the study of set topics and set works. Technical exercises allow pupils to develop their knowledge of harmonic styles which in turn help students to be structurally and harmonically more ambitious in their creative composition output. The level of musical performance seen at this level is often tremendously impressive.


The value of Music as a qualification at the end of a sixth-form course of study is widely recognised by universities and employers as evidence of training that encourages individual students to communicate effectively, to express themselves accurately and individually in a variety of ways, and to develop the degree of self-discipline necessary to achieve a high standard of instrumental performing ability.  Employers in today’s world need people who can transfer these creative skills to the complex and inventive world of work.  As with any sixth-form course, study of Music will sharpen intellect, deepen knowledge and practical skills, and encourage a serious and independent approach to study.

We regularly have students who go on to both Universities and Music Colleges to study Music further.


2015 A2 (OCR) 2014 A2 (OCR) 2013 A2 (OCR)
A* 1
A 5 1 1
B 1 3
C 2 2
D 1 1


2015 AS (OCR) 2014 AS (OCR) 2013 AS (OCR)
A 3 5 5
B 2 2 3
C 2 2 3
D 2 2


2015 IGCSE (CIE) 2014 IGCSE (CIE) 2013 GCSE (OCR)
A* 7 13 6
A 11 2 6
B 3 2 6
C 2 2 2
D 2
E 1