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, 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 the music department PC Suite for Mac featuring the composing software GarageBand and Logic. The department also has a large number of keyboards, a set of steel pans and a large collection of electric/acoustic guitars and drums kits.
Peripatetic 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.
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 Concerts at Christmas are an important community events in which a large number of students take part.