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Music at Tonbridge thrives as an academic subject, as a major co-curricular activity and as an integral part of Chapel services.

Music is taught as a timetabled curriculum subject once a week in the Novi year, with the course closely linked to the fortnightly First Year Music Assembly programme. Emphasis during this initial year is upon the presentation of a wide variety of musical subjects, as well as composition sessions using Sibelius software. This gives boys an insight into how music works, as well as the valuable opportunity to create music of their own.

After the first year, Music becomes an IGCSE option choice, with generally 20-25 boys choosing the subject in two or three sets. The IGCSE course covers composition, performance, the study of historical periods, World Music topics and a Set Work (this year, a Mozart Piano Concerto).

In the Sixth Form there are usually between four and eight boys in each year opting to take the Music A-level course. Here small set sizes and teaching by a range of staff means that boys are able particularly to develop and pursue their own individual musical enthusiasms, within the structured framework of a flexible course, especially in the Performing and the Composing components. The course covers a range of set works and styles, with a range of listening questions, essay topics and analysis.

Tonbridgians regularly continue their musical studies beyond school with a number of Oxbridge organ and choral awards in recent years, as well as scholarships and places at music colleges and conservatoires.

Mr Mark Forkgen

Director of Music
MA, ARCO, University of Cambridge

Mr Stefan Hargreaves

Housemaster of Manor House, Teacher of Music
MA, University of Oxford
MEd, University of Cambridge

Mr Julian Thomas

Head of Academic Music
MA, FRCO, University of Cambridge

Mr Leo Walsh

Teacher of Classics, Teacher of Music
BMus (Hon), University of Edinburgh

Mr David Williams

Head of Keyboards, Chapel Organist
GRSM, ARCM, LRAM, Royal College of Music, London

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