Music Specialism

Our History

Twyford CE High School became a Specialist Music College in 2005 and, since then, has established a local and national reputation for high quality music. In 2009, the Twyford Gospel Choir were crowned winners of BBC Songs of Praise Senior Choir of the Year Competition. In 2010, the school was recognised for its services to music education at the Education Business Awards. In 2011, Twyford was invited to become a Lead Associate in the newly-formed Ealing Music Hub and has twice hosted the Ealing Youth Music Prom which featured over 700 students from 35 different schools in 2013. Since 2012, Twyford has been the Ealing centre for the Music for Youth Regional Festival Series and, in September 2013, began an innovative music curriculum at its sister school based on the celebrated Venezuelan El Sistema model and drawing on an exclusive partnership with Trinity Music College, London.

Ensembles and Performances

Students have access to over twenty-five musical ensembles each week, including three choirs; Jazz and Classical orchestras; a Concert Band and countless small groups and chamber ensembles ranging from Music Tech through to the Clarinet Choir and String Quartets. The school enjoys a busy and varied performance programme, including the annual Christmas, Spring and Summer Concerts; the Acoustic Café series; Popular Music Competition, House and Classical Music Competitions as well as invitations to perform in such prestigious venues as St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall, Southwark Cathedral and the Royal Festival Hall, as well as more local events and venues such as St. Mary's Church Ealing, Ealing Abbey, and the Ealing Music and Film Festival. In recent years, musical ensembles have also performed for the BBC World Service, BBC Songs of Praise, Boris Johnson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and with celebrated musicians such as Kathryn Jenkins, the All Souls Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and Tomorrow’s Warriors. Live student performances are a feature of assemblies each morning and every student is expected to sing as part of Collective Worship.

Tuition and Facilities

Music is central to the school ethos and we believe that every child can perform. Over 300 students receive individual or small group instrumental and vocal tuition through the Music College’s peripatetic tuition programme and large numbers enrol onto our academic and vocational curriculum programmes at Key Stage Four and Five each year. As such, our music programmes are designed to nurture your child’s talent whether it is in the field of music production, composition or performance in a Pop, Jazz, World Music or Classical field. Our curriculum is designed to be broad, deep, and varied. Your child has the opportunity to sit music exams in GCSE, A-Level, ABRSM, RockSchool, Trinity, and LCM. All students are supported, stretched and challenged to achieve their best irrespective of their starting point. The school offers outstanding facilities through its two Music Technology suites; specialist music teaching room; the recording studio; suite of practice rooms; and the Performance Centre. There are 19 specialist music places offered per year to students identified as having a natural aptitude for music. Please see our Admissions page for further details.

Instrumental Tuition

Twyford offers a wide range of instrumental lessons taught by experienced tutors in each instrument.

If students and prospective students would like to apply for a tuition space, please complete the following application form below:

Music College Instrumental & Vocal Tuition: WAITING LIST APPLICATION FORM

 

Terms & Conditions for Music Tuition:

General information:

  • Students taking a music lesson in school should not be having lessons on the same instrument with another music teacher
  • Please note that we are unable to guarantee a specific teacher for instrumental or vocal tuition
  • Individual and paired tuition are organised in 30 minute sessions throughout the school day on a rotational basis for 10 sessions each term
  • Lessons are scheduled between the hours of 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (please note that some lessons may be before school, during break or lunch, as well as after school – music lessons should be prioritised over all other activities)
  • Students with lessons before 9:00 AM must sign in at the Music Office in order to be properly registered for school
  • In addition to being sent to parents & carers by email, all music lesson timetables are posted on the noticeboard outside the Music College Office each half-term
  • At the start of the term, pupils should write their scheduled music lessons in their school planner and confirm their next lesson time with their music tutor each week
  • We strongly encourage students taking music lessons to participate in the musical groups and ensembles appropriate to the instrument/voice; advice on which ensembles are appropriate is available from the Music College Office

Invoicing:

  • The school will invoice fees for tuition in advance and full payment for the whole term must be made by the specified date provided on the invoice
  • Late payments cannot be accepted. If we do not receive full payment by the date specified, we are unable to allocate instrumental or vocal lessons
  • If you wish to cancel your child’s music lessons, written notification of this must emailed to the Music College Office at [email protected] by the date specified on your invoice

Instrumental hire:

  • Twyford Music College cannot accept responsibility to replace any instrument lost or damaged on the school premises
  • All instruments must be taken home at the end of the school day (special arrangements can be made for larger instruments, i.e. harp and double bass)
  • All instruments brought to Twyford should be labelled and must be clearly identifiable (must include the name and form of the pupil)
  • Information about the hire of instruments from Ealing Music Service is available on their website here: http://ealingmusicservice.com/hire/

Attendance and registration:

  • All students must register at the Music College Office for music lessons, groups and ensembles that take place during AM/PM registration
  • Music lesson attendance is updated by the school’s attendance administrator the following day—please allow at least 24 hours for the SIMS records to be updated

Missed lessons:

  • The Music College schedules around planned school closures
  • For mock and public exam periods, students should attend lessons during their study leave...wearing full school uniform
  • If a lesson clashes with a mock or public exam, they should visit the Music Office with their timetable - before their study leave - and the Music College Co-ordinator will reschedule the lesson
  • If a student is absent from school on the day of their music lesson, we are unable to reschedule or refund the missed lesson
  • If your child is unable to attend a lesson due to a full day school trip, we are unable to reschedule the missed lesson However, with two weeks’ notice we may be able to reschedule lessons on partial day trips
  • If a music tutor is absent - we will either reschedule, provide a deputy or refund the cost of the lesson
  • Refunds shall administered at the end of the term
  • If the school is closed due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to reschedule or refund the missed lesson.

Lesson expectations:

  • All pupils should have a practice notebook, which they should bring to each lesson – this should be used to communicate with the music tutor
  • Students should record their daily practice in their practice notebooks
  • All students should have their lesson times in their planners to ensure they are able to leave their class on time
  • Instruments should be brought to each lesson
  • An end of year report from the student’s music tutor will be issued to parents and carers

 

Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme:

There is a national government scheme to help with the cost of purchasing instruments. The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme enables pupils of local authority and academy schools to purchase instruments through their school net of VAT, provided the instrument is used as part of their musical tuition. More information about the scheme can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manuals/vat-government-and-public-bodies/vatgpb7825.

 

Please email [email protected] for more information.

Extra-Curricular Music

As a Music College, we encourage all our students to engage in our extra-curricular activities. This includes singing in choirs, playing in jazz bands, or joining the school orchestras. All our clubs are free to join!

Music Wider Learning Timetable

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We are very pleased to be the Associate Lead for the Ealing Music Partnership and are keen to share some of their work with you. Please visit their website for more information about the ensembles and events currently running within Ealing Music Service.

Please see link to view the latest EMS Pulse Newsletters.

Music Events

Each year, the Music College hold a variety of events and performances such as the A Level Music Showcase, Music Scholars Showcase, Popular Music Competition, Junior Popular Music Competition, Christmas Concert, Carol Service at St Martin's Church, Classical Music Competitions, Twyford Voices Concert, the Summer Concert and much more. Each morning at the start of our assemblies we have performances by soloists or small groups and pupils have the opportunity to sign up!

"Thank you so much for fanning the flame of musicality in the school, for including as many children as possible and for inviting us to share in the joy of it" - Parent of Year 7 Twyford Voices Performer.

For any upcoming music events, please also visit the school's News and Events page.