Our music department is lively, strong and inclusive. Students of all abilities are given the opportunity to enjoy and learn about music from a wide range of styles, times and cultures.  We have suite of well-equipped music rooms with a range of instruments and industry standard IT to support composition.

Our students have the opportunity to study a wide range of instruments with our excellent team of instrumental teachers, for example, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard, singing, brass, woodwind and strings.

Extra-curricular activities involve large numbers of students in a range of ensembles and choirs including the Orchestra, Jazz Band, Choir and Boys Singing Group.  Percussion groups, for example, samba band, hand-chimes and chamber choir are run on a seasonal basis.

Students can also take part in a wide variety of performances throughout the year. Recent performances have included our Summer and Christmas Concerts, Carols in the Barn as well as The Rebetiko Carnival and The Power of Music Festival.

Key Stage Three
Students in Year 7 study musical notation, form and structure and undertake a practical examination of music from sub-Saharan Africa. In Year 8 students are introduced to Blues, Musical Fusions and composing with chords and bass lines. Year 9’s chart the development of a genre of music, starting with Mento through to Ska, then Rock Steady and finally Reggae. They also study compositional devices and arranging. All units develop listening and appraising, performance and ensemble skills and composition concepts.

Key Stage Four
GCSE Music students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the diversity of music that exists today and develop their own listening, composition and performance skills. Assessment is via coursework and a listening and appraising examination. GCSE students currently follow the Eduqas specification.

Marking and assessment policy 

Instrumental and vocal lessons
Music education is fun and informative and musical training helps develop the brain in many areas, especially language and creativity. We have a great team of instrumental and vocal teachers at Oathall. Students interested in applying for lessons can apply by clicking on the links below to access the online application forms or see Mrs Mac Taggart for more details.

Click here to meet our music teachers and find out how to apply for instrumental and vocal lessons

Love Music School specialise in teaching singing, guitar, bass and piano both individually and in small groups. Love Music teachers are passionate and creative musicians and teachers who share the best of their knowledge in a way that is interesting, inspiring and above all, makes sense. Whether students are learning ‘just for fun’ or working towards a particular goal (such as grades or audition pieces), our tutors take care to listen to students and work out what they are aiming for – helping them achieve their musical goals whatever they may be. Lessons are competitively priced and offered individually or in small groups.

West Sussex Music teach a full range of orchestral instruments including; flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, double bass, trumpet, trombone, horns as well as contemporary instruments like keyboard, drum kit and guitar. There is a scheme to help with the fees for children attending a West Sussex maintained school to learn one instrument. This scheme applies to group lessons and award lessons. As leaders in high-quality music education, West Sussex Music aims to nurture, inspire and enrich, changing lives through music.

Apply here for drum lessons with Tom Hodgson at Studio Muso

The Sussex Academy of Music provide drum tuition during and after the school day. Tuition is tailored to suit each student with many working on grade syllabuses from exam boards such as ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall, Trinity and Rockschool.

Useful links for students

BBC Bitesize
West Sussex Music
ABRSM Aural training