All pupils study music as a curriculum subject throughout the Junior School (to age 11), and during the first two years of the Senior School. Music becomes optional from the Third Form onwards (including the Sixth Form), and can be studied for GCSE and A level.
Advanced pupils, usually in the Sixth Form, who have attained a high mark in the Grade 8 instrumental examination are encouraged to work for a music diploma. Instrumental tuition for such diplomas is offered in all instruments listed in the departmental booklet and preparation for the written part of the examination can be arranged on a private basis with the Director of Music. Pupils are prepared for the diplomas of the London College of Music (ALCM), Trinity College of Music (LTCL), Royal Schools of Music (LRSM), and the Royal College of Organists (ARC).
Scholarships are available for pupils applying to the school who show exceptional musical ability, and the Director of Music can give information relating to auditions. An idea of the standards expected are: 8+ = Grade 2; 9+ = Grade 3; 10+ = Grade 4; 11+ = Grade 5; 12+ = Grade 6; 13+ = Grade 7. The award of a scholarship means that the holder is entitled to one year's free instrumental tuition which, subject to satisfactory progress, can be renewed at the end of subsequent years.
Pupils entering into the Sixth Form to study for music at A level are encouraged to apply for such scholarships, but would normally be expected to have reached a standard of performance on their instrument of at least Grade 8 level, and preferably be able to offer a second instrument as well.
A wide range of extra-curricular activities is available to pupils who are learning to play musical instruments, or enjoy singing, and the entire age and ability range is catered for.