Music

Nottingham High School

Nottingham High School’s Music Department is a busy hub at the heart of the cultural life of the school. 

Housed in the Lady Carol Djanogly Music School at the front of the site, we are fortunate in having excellent facilities which include a Recital Hall, three academic classrooms, a recording studio and a large number of individual music practice rooms.

Music is taught to all students in Years 7 and 8, becoming optional from Year 9 upwards.  Our curriculum aims to challenge students of all ability levels, encourage them to participate in and widen their appreciation of music styles and genres, develop their own musical skills and provide a thorough, intellectually rigorous musical education for those wishing to continue their studies through school and beyond.

We offer the full range of academic qualifications including GCSE and A Level Music as well as Music Technology and we enter more than 150 students for ABRSM Music Examinations each year. Many of our students go on to study Music and Music Technology at University and Conservatoire and in recent years we have seen students going off to read Music at Cambridge University, Leeds University and the The Royal College of Music.

Our Music Technology students have gone on to study on the Tonnmeister course at Surrey University as well as study Creative Music Technology at Surrey University and Huddersfield University.

The department runs a masterclass programme to help its gifted and talented musicians, inviting many of Europe’s leading musicians and ensembles to give free lunchtime recitals and work with our students.

Recent visitors have included the clarinettist, Michael Collins, trumpeter, Crispian Steele-Perkins, the Wihan String Quartet, the Galliard Wind Ensemble and the Leonore Piano Trio. 

In addition, we have started a three year partnership with the internationally renowned Villiers String Quartet, who have become the School’s ensemble in residence. As part of their residency they offer chamber coaching, masterclasses in solo performing, give recitals and work with our composers and students of all ages from the Infant School through to the Sixth Form.

For our most talented prospective Year 7 students we offer up to four Music Scholarships each year as well as a series of one-year Music Exhibitions. Details of Music Scholarships can be obtained from the Admissions Department. 

The Director of Music is always happy to meet prospective students and their parents who would like to know more about the musical opportunities offered at Nottingham High School.