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Music

A Universal Language

Music at Burgess Hill Girls is outstanding. Performances at every level, from school and community concerts to national competitions, bring much acclaim from audiences and adjudicators alike. We encourage and nurture every style and interest in music from traditional Western Classical through to contemporary popular styles and musical cultures from around the globe. Music is considered a universal language that has no boundaries and can be shared by everyone.

sixth form

Music at A-level is both an academically rigorous and creative subject. We study the Edexcel Syllabus and on this course you will develop performance skills, compose music and learn about harmony. You will build up your aural and analytical skills by studying a selection of set works.

The course is excellent preparation for higher education courses in music, but is equally valuable for non-specialists as a second or third area of study.

The A level Music course is a balance of coursework and examinations: Coursework is worth 60% of the course: Performing (30%) and Composing (30%). Students are expected to supplement class lessons with individual instrument tuition, instrument practice, and independent study time on composition tasks. The remaining 40% of the course is assessed in a 2-hour examination at the end of each year of study.

We are proud that, historically, girls have consistently achieved excellent grades.

There is a lot more for musicians in the sixth form…The younger girls in the school look up to the older students for inspiration. Sixth Form musicians are therefore the leaders in our community; in orchestra, in choir and particularly in smaller chamber ensembles. Some girls take the opportunity to direct ensembles and help run ensembles in the Junior School, coaching the younger girls. There are also further opportunities to get involved in the planning and running of events.

Instrumental Lessons

Over 200 girls take instrumental lessons from our dedicated peripatetic teachers at the school, and we have a wide range of extra-curricular musical groups on offer including choirs, orchestras, a jazz band, and an African drumming group as well as a large range of string, woodwind and brass chamber ensembles to suit all abilities. Some girls even form their own ensembles in the form of bands and even a Glee Club. There are also opportunities to direct other musicians and learn the skills of conducting.

Giving voice to your own musical ideas and learning how to craft and develop them is as important as learning an instrument, and our girls develop their skills of composition in a range of styles. One of the most special occasions we have is hearing a student’s work come to life at a concert.

Join Us

Come to one of our concerts… they are fantastic!

Come and see the enthusiasm, passion and confidence.

See the exceptionally high standard and hard work that has gone into it.

See the fun and enjoyment we all get from music.

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