Music

The Music Department at Dubai College is a vibrant and exciting learning community housed in a modern purpose-built facility featuring a dramatic recital area, fully-equipped recording studio, sound-proofed instrumental teaching rooms, practice rooms and classrooms. Our facilities are furnished with over 80 orchestral instruments, semi-professional concert percussion, 16 pianos and computers with music editing capabilities.

The Department holds larger-scale concerts in the beautiful Dubai College Auditorium, a versatile space, featuring an orchestra pit, seating for over 800 and a wonderful 7’6’’ grand piano.

As well as offering Music to A Level, we support our students’ musical development through a structured and comprehensive co-curricular programme. Around 10 yearly concerts and recitals showcase the successes of these ensembles and a biennial ‘Glynebourne style’ Gala Concert in the gardens of the British Embassy has proved to be one of the highlights of the school calendar. We also work collaboratively with the Drama Department, with whom we have produced shows such as Little Shop of Horrors, Les Miserables and, most recently, Evita.

To complement our regular activities we present a range of masterclasses and workshops, which this year have included The Schubert Ensemble and The Dimension Trio.

Every year our students attend the prestigious Young Musicians of the Gulf Competition in Bahrain and last year we were honoured to win the Woodwind Prize, Vocal Prize, Composition Prize, Runner-up Ensemble, and finalists awards!

In the Music Department we aim to provide a Music programme which not only caters for the musical development of all ages and abilities, but also provides a focal point, both within the College and the wider community.

More information on activities and times can be found on the activity section of the website.

Course Outline at Key Stage Three
At this level, lessons focus on practical skills through the study of the key musical genres of performing, listening, composing and musical understanding. In Year 7, course content includes: Exploring Instruments, Gamelan and Introduction to Music Theory. This is developed in Year 8 with: Jingles, Arabic Music and Variations. In Year 9, we examine Film Music, The Blues and Serialism.

Course Outline at GCSE
The syllabus is split into three units: Performing Music, Composing Music and Music (Listening & Appraising).

For more information please visit the Edexcel Website:
http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse09/music/Pages/default.aspx

Course Outline at A Level
In Year 12, students study units on Performing Music, Composing and Developing Musical Understanding. This is developed in Year 13 with further study on extended performance, composition and technical study and further musical understanding.

For more information please visit the Edexcel Website:
http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/music/music/Pages/default.aspx