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The philosophy of the Music Department at Adams is to create pathways to achievement through music. Our aim is to provide a broad, high quality and innovative range of music making opportunities for all pupils and members of the wider community by:

  • promoting access to quality music education for all pupils and members of the wider community
  • providing strong advocacy for a quality music education for all
  • promoting inclusivity through the Key Stage 3 instrumental programme, where all pupils will experience learning a musical instrument
  • building a caring, inclusive and nurturing music community
  • strengthen the opportunities offered by the department through the development of strategic partnerships with other educational and artistic groups
  • provide staff of the highest calibre to deliver a broad, innovative and high quality range of musical experiences
  • develop musicians who are independent, reflective and life-long learners

We believe that music should be available to all pupils throughout their time at Adams. Although the school is academically selective, we believe that all our pupils may be enriched by the experience of music, whether in the classroom or within the diverse and extensive range of extra-curricular provision that we offer.

We provide opportunities for pupils to study music to both GCSE and A-level as well as up to grade 8 and diploma levels and beyond, with performing opportunities as soloists and in ensembles. We consider that music provision is a fundamental right for all and that access and opportunity should be available to the highest level.

We believe it is essential for all our young musicians to:

  • develop an appreciation of personal integrity and a spiritual dimension to life;
  • benefit from stimulating association with similarly gifted children and opportunities for practising, performing and developing musicianship in a supportive context;
  • grow in self-confidence, accept their responsibility to the world community in whatever career they follow, and develop an appreciation of the obligation to reach out and share their talent with others; and
  • achieve levels of musical and academic achievement, personal security, adaptability and satisfaction that will sustain them throughout their lives.

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Teaching Staff

Mr M Brown
B.Ed (Bretton Hall College of HE)
Head of Music

Mr J P Wysome
B.Mus (Edinburgh)

Peripatetic Staff

We offer about 200 instrumental and singing lessons each week with our highly qualified team of peripatetic staff:

Janine Kitchin – strings

Lyndall Bausor Harris – woodwind

Jim Wynn – piano

Pam Pickford – piano

Colin Browne – electric guitar

Julian Turner – lower brass

Alison Purvis – piano

Sally Barras – clarinet and saxophone

Roy Johnson – saxophone

Elaine Cook – singing

Matthew Frost – brass

Lydia Glanville – drums and tuned percussion

Clive Rainbow – classical/acoustic and electric guitar

Mike Richards – classical/acoustic and electric guitar

Robert Webb – cello, double bass, drum kit, singing and music theory

Support Staff

Mrs A Coomer