The Music Department is a hive of activity and provides opportunities for students of all musical abilities to experience music in a wide variety of styles, both in the classroom and in the numerous extra-curricular groups, which rehearse regularly.
In the lower school, Music is essentially a practical subject. Students develop performing, composing, listening and appraising skills. At GCSE level, the Music Department offers the OCR syllabus. Students develop their instrumental skills and/or vocal skills and use these in class. Compositions can be enhanced using Sibelius music notation software. The department also has a large number of keyboards with multitrack sequencing facilities and music PCs and Macs with Garage Band sequencing software.
Lessons are offered on a wide range of instruments including piano and keyboard, all strings, clarinet, saxophone, flute, brass, classical and electric guitar, drum kit, orchestral percussion and voice. Additionally, primary school students have the opportunity to receive tuition on orchestral instruments at Fairfield during twilight sessions.
There are many opportunities for students to perform, either as soloists or as members of a group or larger ensemble. The orchestra, bands and Fairfield Singers meet regularly and perform in concerts throughout the year. The Christmas Concert is an important community event in which a large number of students take part. Fairfield High School performs in the local community and further afield; previous venues include local churches.