Music at JFS encourages students to foster a love for, and understanding of music through a wide range of musical opportunities, leading to resilient and well-rounded opportunities.

The department has two music classrooms with keyboards, world instruments, tuned and untuned percussion and interactive whiteboards.

The music computer room consists of 15 PC’s featuring Sibelius and Cubasis. The department also has 30 laptops with Cubase Elements for students to use in lessons. There are nine practice rooms with a piano in each room and a Recording Studio featuring a professional mixing desk. The recording space also holds a drum kit, steel pans and an extensive CD library.

Key Stage 3 Lessons

KS3 music lessons develop students’ skills in performing, composing, listening and appraising. Students listen to a wide range of music and work in pairs and small groups to create and perform their own music.

Students regularly perform in lessons and they have the opportunity to develop their keyboard skills.

Students at both ends of the spectrum are given extra assistance in lessons by Teaching Assistants and Sixth Form Music Mentors.

Enrichment workshops are held in the Autumn Term for students in Years 7, 8 and Year 9. It trains students in ICT Music skills, extension tasks and independent working skills.

In Years 7 and 8, Music is part of the ITAM (IT, Technology, Art and Music) carousel. For half of the year, students will have weekly lessons and for the other half of the year, they have fortnightly lessons. Students in Year 9 have weekly lessons.

Extra-Curricular activities

The Music department provides a variety of extra-curricular activities for all age groups:
Guitarkestra (Years 7 – 13)
Jazz Guitar Group (Years 7 – 13)
JFS Orchestra (Years 7 – 13)
JFS Singers (Years 8 – 13)
Junior Choir (Years 7 – 8)
Klezmer Band (Years 7 – 13)
African Drumming (Years 7 – 13)
Steel Pans (Years 7 – 11)
Tech Club (Years 7 – 13)
Ukulele Club (Years 7 – 13)
Concerts take place every term, as well as regular additional opportunities for performance.

Instrumental Lessons

The Music department provides the opportunity for students to learn:
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin, Viola, Guitar, Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Voice, Piano, Keyboard, Drums and Music theory.

Lessons take place within the School day and lesson times are rotated. Students are encouraged to hand in all homework on time and ask about any impending deadlines / assessments.