Head of Department: Mr R A Muttitt
Teaching Staff: Mrs E Murray
Music at Durham School plays a central role in the communal life of the school. The department aims to ensure that practical music making is made as inclusive as possible for all pupils throughout the school, whilst striving for the highest possible musical standards at all levels. Academic music is given a high priority and the pupils are encouraged to study music at GCSE and A level. The curriculum is challenging and structured, based on performing, listening and composing. The department provides tuition and coaching on all instruments and voice, and endeavours to motivate and enthuse all musicians within an environment which promotes and rewards high values. Links are maintained with our feeder schools, Durham Cathedral and Durham University as well as further afield and internationally. Above all, the department strives to promote a sense of pride, achievement and enjoyment in all its activity.
A Level Music is amongst the most respected A Levels by universities as it tests a variety of challenging skills. It is acceptable as a subject for any degree application. Nearly every year pupils progress onto university (including Oxbridge) or music college to read music.