About the Department:

Miss K. Jo is the Head of Music. She is supported by the following Instrumental Staff:

Teacher of Piano: Claire Cope
Teacher of Piano: Julia Kustatscher
Teacher of Clarinet: Julie Holland
Teacher of Wind: Emma Hartley
Teacher of Oboe / Piano: Ji eun Oh
Teacher of Violin: Dominika Rosiek
Teacher of Drums: Ed Spevock
Teacher of Voice: Katie Price
Teacher of Voice: Linley Weir
Teacher of Guitar: Christopher Bundhan
Teacher of Guitar: Robert Ahwai

Our Aim:

‘Outstanding’ music for all.

Our am is to provide a varied, exciting and inclusive music curriculum where all pupils can learn to be creative, confident and skilful musicians while ensuring that they become a generation of children who are both musically literate and music lovers.

The music department houses 12 computers with well resourced classroom instruments, 1 recording studio, 2 practice rooms and 1 drum room. Pupils are given one hour of music each week and are offered instrumental and voice tuition. Pupils who demonstrate particular talent and commitment to music are encouraged to take part in the clubs and the many performance opportunities throughout the year.

Key Stage 3 Music

What you will study this year:

All pupils participate in a variety of projects to develop their musical skills, knowledge and understanding through:

  • Solo / Group Performing
  • Composing music
  • Listening and Appraising
  • Reviewing and evaluating work
  • Reading Music
  • Rehearsal techniques

Course Content:

Some of the topics covered:

Year 7

Elements of Music, Singing, Underground Music (Rhythm and Pulse), Pictures at an Exhibition (Art and Music)

Year 8

​Melody writing (Scales), Song-writing (Chords), World Music, Music in Advertising

Year 9

Music in Film, Minimalism, Guitars, Understanding Popular Music



Work is marked with the skills mark (Effort and Achievement)


Work is deep-marked and given a NC level


Two NC level grades given

Instrumental Lessons:

We run our own music service for girls, alongside the Kingston Music and Arts Service, who would like instrumental or singing lessons. Currently the cost to have lessons through the school service will be £17 per half hour individual lesson.

​Fees are payable termly in advance. Girls in years 7 to 9 come out of subject lessons on a rotational basis where possible. Girls in year 10 and upwards are given priority to have lessons before school, during breaks or after school.

The Holy Cross Instrumental Tuition Lessons covered include: Voice, Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar and Piano.

Concerts held throughout the year:

Autumn Term

Prize Giving, Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony, Year 11 GCSE Concert, Carol Singing, Christmas Carol Concert

Spring Term

Year 10 GCSE Concert I, Spring Concert, A musical Production (every 2 years)

Summer Term

Year 10 GCSE Concert II, Summer RockPop Festival, A Music Tour (every 2 years)

Importantly, students perform music for the Assemblies and Mass services throughout the year.