The Music Department


Music at Scarisbrick is regarded as an integral element in the education of the whole child. It has a profound impact on a child’s early development, interweaving and supporting learning across all subject areas. Our aim is to encourage an enjoyment of music from the earliest age whilst simultaneously nurturing listening and communication skills, language acquisition and creativity.

The children start their musical journey in pre-school through musical storytelling and movement, where they begin to understand and explore how music is created and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions of pitch, duration, dynamics and tempo. By the time children leave First School they have a secure grounding in pitch awareness, pulse and rhythm and a foundational understanding of score reading.

Our music curriculum is built upon best practice music education research pedagogy, incorporating principles from Dalcroze and Kodaly. Lessons focus on the following key areas:

  • creativity and composition
  • listening and analysis
  • movement and dance
  • instrumental and rhythmic skills
  • aural development
  • singing
  • solo and ensemble performance activities
  • score reading.

Pupils are encouraged to explore playing a wide variety of instruments and study music from different periods of history and different cultures. Performance is promoted through singing, solo and communal, during choirs and assemblies, and through the playing of instruments to their peers and wider audiences. We firmly believe in promoting music for all, whilst also facilitating those who excel to achieve as highly as they can.

Pupils are encouraged to take music as an option choice in Year 9, where they can choose to study a three year music programme leading to the GCSE (Eduqas). Students can also study music at Level 3 Diploma Standard or A Level.

The Music Department is currently housed in specialist accommodation which includes two teaching classrooms, four practice rooms as well as a recording studio.

Instrumental Tuition

Students can choose to study an instrument of their choice with our specialist tutors. For advanced musicians, we are also able to offer Conservatoire level tuition and indiviualised performance coaching with our Musician in Residence.



Mr J Bullock (Head of Faculty)

Miss S Gloyne

Mr J Hall (Musician in Residence)

Mr J Padfield

Mrs J Padfield

Mr S Chapman

Mr D Leonard

Miss G Blackburn

Miss S Smith

Mr D Townley

Miss K Rigby