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St. Aidan’s has enjoyed a national reputation for the excellence of its rich musical life for many years. Practical music-making using students’ vocal abilities and a wide range of instruments is an essential part of the curriculum and the wider extra-curricular programme.

The department runs an extensive range of large and small scale extra-curricular ensembles, including bands, choirs and orchestras. These meet on a weekly basis throughout the year and very frequently perform in school and in the local community, as well as on the national stage in music festivals and annually on the summer music tours abroad. There are numerous opportunities for students to develop their skills in performing, arranging, composing, organising and conducting to the very highest level possible.


Mr M Pallant – Director of Music

St. Aidan’s Music Association (SAMA) is a registered charity set up to support the choral and instrumental work of the school music department which provides fantastic experience and performance opportunities for all those who take part. Find out more here


Year 7 – 9 students embark on a series of engaging and stimulating units of work including film music, rap, blues and jazz, song writing and musicals. Seventeen peripatetic staff from the NYCC Music Service teach a whole range of musical instruments and voices.

For further information please see our Main School Prospectus


GCSE Music explores a wide range of music through practical methods which will allow you to play to your strengths. To begin with your teacher will give you a firm grounding in a variety of compositional techniques, including those which use music technology.

For further information please see our KS4 Options Booklet 2019-2021


At A Level we offer courses in both Music and Music Technology.

A Level Music will provide students with the knowledge and experience required for all forms of Further and Higher Education. It will give them an understanding, and encourage the appreciation of many music genres in many contexts. The areas of study are chosen for their interest to all candidates and with much scope to use music technology if desired.

The Music Technology A Level course provides opportunities to embrace recent developments in the field.  The specification involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills. Students will have opportunities to sequence MIDI, sequence audio, record live instruments, produce CDs and compose using music technology.

For further information please see our Associated Sixth Form Prospectus

Additional Learning Resources

Please visit Moodle VLE for Music resources or speak to your teacher regarding additional learning resources within the department.

Social Media Links

Follow St Aidan’s Music on Instagram: staidans_music, Twitter: @staidansmusic  Facebook: www.facebook.com/staidansmusic

Peripatetic Music Lessons

Brass Instruments

Clarinet & Saxophone

Drum & Percussion Instruments

Upper String Instruments

Piano/Keyboard, Guitar, Voice, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon and Lower strings (Cello and Double Bass)

Start the Music is a scheme that funds approximately 6 students each year to learn a new musical instrument.

Download our leaflet here: Learn an Instrument with Start the Music
Further information can also be found here: Start the Music
Download the Application Form for 2020 here: Start The Music Application Form 2020
Sixth form Music Mentors wanted!
Start The Music are currently looking for students in the Associated Sixth Form to help mentor younger students on the scheme. Read more here: Learn an Instrument with Start the Music or contact Mrs Elliott.
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