“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life” – Ludwig Van Beethoven

Music education is vital to the development of the whole person, which develops a very specialized kind of knowledge that in itself offers a richness of wider educational experiences. Music education supports all other learning; Music is a Science; Music is Mathematical; Music is a language; Music is History; Music is a Physical Education; Music is an Art; Music is Spiritual, and above all, Music gives students a creative outlet, which exposes them to another sphere of learning.

Hendon School offers a variety of Instrumental Lessons to students on a one to one or group basis. The lessons are timetabled in curriculum time and rotate as not to disrupt lessons too much. Each lesson is 30 minutes long and students receive 10 per term, and the cost of tuition per term is £135 for individual lessons or £70 for grouped lessons (£13.50/£7 per lesson). Lessons are currently available for:

  • Guitar/Bass

  • Voice

  • Percussion

  • Brass

  • Woodwind

  • Music Tech

  • Piano

We are in the process of updating our recording studio which will consist of ten Macintosh Computers, offering a creative suite to out KS4 and KS5 Music students. 

Students have three lessons per week

Exam board – Edexcel Music GCSE:

The Specification will be changing for 2016 with a revision of all aspects of the course. All information will be available from the link above.

Currently students are expected to complete:

  • Two performances: one solo and one ensemble (group) performance 

  • Two compositions that reflect different Areas of Study that they learn

  • Sit a standardised listening exam that tests the students’ skills and knowledge of 12 Set Works chosen by the exam board that outline a History of Musical Development





Year 10

Set Works/Performance

Set Works/Performance

Mock Exam/Composition

Year 11

Revision and Coursework Preparation

Coursework submission



Outside the classroom

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Lunch Time Choir Recorder Club    


Keyboard Club

After School   Jazz Band Orchestra    

We also host a variety of Musical Shows and performances throughout the year, including the Christmas Concert, GCSE Performance Evening, School Musicals and our very own Music Festival ‘Hendonbury’.

We are revising our Music Leaders Programme, in which students will enter a programme of training to develop key skills needed to help out or run music events throughout the school year. Students will receive a lapel Badge to represent this achievement and be given a certificate of recognition

Progression pathways and careers

Students are able to complete level 2 and 3 courses in Music and Music Technology, allowing students to progress on to college or university to study music further.

Music and further Music Education can lead to a variety of industry cased work, including:

  • Artist/songwriter
  • Performer – Orchestra
  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Audio Producer
  • DJ
  • Creative Marketing
  • Royalties/copywriting 
  • Radio/Broadcasting
  • Session Musician
  • Artist Management
  • Booking Agent
  • Events Manager
  • Publishing
  • Record Label executive
  • Instrumental Tutor
  • Teacher
  • Lecturer
  • Vocal/Choral Leader
  • Stage Management
  • Artist PA
  • Marketing PR roles
  • Roadie

Useful links


Ms G Zou Head of Music

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