Outside the classroom
It is essential that students take advantage of the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Harlington. Current ensembles include Jazz Band, Wind Band, Brass Band, Rock Band (Harlington Jams), percussion group, string group, ukulele group, Keyboard Orchestra and Choir (Harlington Voices). These activities make an important contribution to the development of musical skills and introduce students to a wide range of repertoire. It is expected that, as part of the GCSE course, students attend at least one activity associated with their instrument and Harlington Voices on a weekly basis and participate in the main school concerts.
Students have the opportunity to take part in various concert trips, including orchestral concerts, operas and shows. The regular school musicals provide another opportunity for musicians to perform and GCSE musicians also play a full part in the Music Department’s tours to Europe.
The course will provide an opportunity for students to develop their performance skills in a variety of musical styles. It is particularly appropriate for students who wish to pursue music at Key Stage 4 and beyond.
All students are taught basic keyboard and vocal skills and existing musicians are encouraged to use their instruments in lessons. Students will also be given the opportunity to compose their own music and learn about the fundamental aspects of music through listening and appraising.
Students work individually, in pairs and in larger groups, depending on tasks set. To complement the music curriculum we offer instrumental and vocal lessons as well as many extra-curricular activities.