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The Music Department

Welcome to Presdales’ music department webpage. We hope that the following information is useful and if there is anything that you wish to ask, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Presdales School music department has an outstanding reputation for its teaching, learning and extra curricular activities. The department consists of three full time music teachers, one specialist music technician and 18 visiting peripatetic instrumental tutors, offering tuition in over 20 different instruments. In March 2008, Presdales was awarded Music specialism status.

The department has three specialist teaching rooms, one for general music teaching housing many of our ethnic instruments, the others dedicated music technology studios containing state of the art iMac computers running Logic Pro 9 and digital multi track recording facilities.

Departmental Aims & Visions / Extra Curricular Activities:

We believe that music enhances lives. It has the power to help young people develop a myriad of skills whilst increasing self confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As a department, we aim to create a musical education that is challenging, vigorous and inspiring. As a result we hope that all people will experience many different styles of music whilst enjoying and expressing themselves both inside and outside of the classroom.

We have a very well established choral tradition with three thriving choirs as well as a diverse range of extra curricular activities including a full orchestra, string group, cello group, concert band, clarinet choir, saxophone group, recorder group, brass group, flute group, soul band, big band and a number of string quartets. Over the last five years we have built an extremely successful ‘Rock School’ which runs for an hour after school every Monday.

Each year as part of our community outreach, pupils from 18 local primary schools take part in a cantata. To further enhance the musical lives of our pupils, we frequently organize performances by notable musicians. To date these performances have included Lara Melda (winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2010), Eliza Doolittle and The Hoosiers.

Click on the links in the left hand menu to view information about Key Stage 4.