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The Department is housed in the Percival Music Centre - excellent, purpose-built facilities including music IT, and named after a former headteacher of Camp Hill, Miss Anne Percival.

Music binds the school community together in myriad ways from the daily live assembly performances to the regular concerts and the all-encompassing House Festival.

Almost a third of the school learns an instrument through our generously subsidised tuition scheme delivered by a large team of instrumental specialists many of whom direct their own ensembles for pupils also. The richness of musical activity is truly exceptional allowing musicians to develop fully as soloists and in ensemble. Many pupils also learn an instrument privately but still enjoy the many opportunities on offer in school. Examination groups flourish with healthy numbers of girls opting for GCSE and A level. Each term at least one public concert is given and other regular performance venues include Birmingham Cathedral, Highbury Hall, Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall.

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 is structured in half-term units, each with an associated homework task, and covers a vast range of musics from Baroque to Blues; Medieval to Modern; Folk to Film!

Lessons are always practical allowing instrumentalists to use their skills fully and offering all the chance to build up their confidence on a wide range of classroom instruments. Singing is the bedrock of all our curriculum music.

Girls enjoy their music here, hurrying to lessons and sometimes reluctant to leave!

Key Stage 4

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Music in Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 follows the OCR examination course, allowing the study of set genres and works both classical and jazz.

Key Stage 5

An effective musical partnership with King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys’ School allows girls to excel in this stimulating performance environment. This partnership includes a jointly taught A-level course which forms the climax of our curriculum music provision which combines PERFORMING, COMPOSING AND LISTENING in equal measure allowing musical skills and a wide variety of stylistic knowledge to be taught.

Key Stage 5 follows the OCR examination course allowing the study of set genres and works both classical and jazz.

Transition work for Year 11 moving into Year 12


Instrumental Tuition

For students in receipt of pupil premium funding, music lessons provided in school will be free of charge. We will also in most cases be able to loan students an instrument while they are taking lessons in school.

Tuition is offered in:  Percussions, Strings, Guitar, Woodwind, Brass and Voice. Piano is not offered.

Instrumental Tuition Application Form

Instrumental Tuition is provided by a team of 12 specialist instrumental teachers who give weekly individual or paired lessons at a subsidised cost of £90 per term. Lessons operate on a rota basis and some take place before or after school. Those accepting a place on the Instrumental Tuition Scheme are expected to attend weekly ensembles and concerts as directed.

Places are subject to demand, and we hold a waiting list for many instruments.

Are you in receipt of:
For students in Years 10-13, are you studying:
Years learnt:
Grade attained:
Own instrument (Y/N):

2. Students wishing to start a new instrument:

The remaining questions are for all students.

Piano/keyboard experience:
Singing experience:
Ensemble experience:
Music Tuition Agreement*

Music Tuition Agreement

What to Expect from Us
- Tuition from highly-qualified and experienced instrumental specialists in purpose-built accommodation.
- Tuition subsidised by the school (£90 termly).
- Free tuition for GCSE/A level musicians and Pupil Premium.
- A minimum of 30 lessons yearly, in shared 30 minute or individual 20 minute lessons.
- Yearly progress report and Instrumental Parents' Evening.
- Instrumental loan available in many cases.
- Access to our centre for Associated Board and Trinity music examinations each term.
- Access to a wide range of professionally-run ensembles for every standard, providing frequent performance opportunities.

What We Expect from You
- Regular practice. Recommended 20 minutes daily up to grade 5, 30 minutes daily for grade 5 & beyond.
- Compulsory attendance at lessons. Please notify problems in advance to Miss Hawthorne or the Instrumental Tutor.
- Purchase of music as required.
- Committed membership of an ensemble as directed.
- Attendance at concerts (see below).
- Payment 1 term in advance.
- Half a term's notice to withdraw from lessons.

Concerts are given at least once a term and your child will be involved in at least 2 performances a year.
Parents are encouraged to attend!
We seat all of our performers in the Hall to support each other and ask that they stay until the end of the concert (7pm-9.15pm usually).

Concert Dress:
White blouse
Black skirt /tailored trousers
Black shoes


Ensembles, Productions & Tours

Each day ensembles rehearse catering for every instrument, voice and ability including:

  • SHOW CHOIR – all-comers
  • CHAMBER CHOIR (Years 10-13 auditioned)

There are many other ensembles and choirs including Show Choir and Chamber Choir. Attendance at these is by invitation, except for Show Choir which is open to all.

Songs from the Shows

The annual Songs from the Shows production is a major highlight of the year and a foreign tour with our Chamber Choir is undertaken biennially. Tours to Poland, Spain, Germany, Italy and Slovenia have been extremely successful in recent years. 


Virtual Summer Concert 2021

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