The Secondary Section of the Music Department at the British School Muscat gives all students the opportunity to compose, perform, and discover and appreciate music, experiencing and learning about a wide range of styles and musical influences. All students taking music will have the opportunity to play an instrument in class and to perform in the regular class concerts. We have a vibrant learning environment where the passion for all things musical is readily obvious. We aim to involve and open up the world of music to as many students as we can.
‘Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent,’
Our Music Teachers
How is Music taught at BSM?
In Key Stage 3, students enjoy six units of work a year. They learn through the mediums of performing, composing and listening and appraising music and have the opportunity to experience and develop interests in many different genres.
After studying Music as a core subject in Key Stage 3, students have the opportunity to choose Music as one of their GCSE and A-Level subjects. We currently follow the EDEXCEL specification at GCSE.
We also offer a range of exciting and challenging enrichment opportunities for students. Whether students are singers, instrumentalists or just want to get involved and have some fun there is something to suit all tastes.
The orchestra meets weekly and performs in termly showcases in the school environment and beyond. The choirs cater for singers of all abilities. They also perform regularly to a high standard in school and the community. There is a large scale candle lit Christmas Carol Concert in school involving the orchestra, choirs and jazz band. During December we perform annual ‘Sing Christmas’ concerts at the Al Bustan, Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza and Shangri La Hotels. Students often play in smaller ensembles and rock bands and have numerous opportunities to attend concerts and shows locally and further afield. Young musicians also produce a CD annually of their work.
Opportunities arise for students to travel abroad with their music making. This year a large party of students joined the BSME music festival in Kuwait and next year there will be a tour of Paris. We encourage gifted and talented musicians to attend the prestigious annual Young Musicians of the Gulf Competition in Bahrain. We also have visitors to school offering workshops for our students. Recent visitors include musicians from the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra and the Welsh National Opera Company.
The Music, Drama and Dance Departments have also combined to produce highly successful performances of musicals such as ‘West Side Story’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Scrooge’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The productions are inclusive from year 7-13 and involve a large part of the school community.
Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music,’