Music at Roedean Moira House is popular, engaging and done to a high standard. Within the curriculum, our schemes of work are designed to help every student develop musicianship, expressive and creative thinking, and performing and composing skills alongside an awareness of music from both a western traditional and modern multicultural standpoint. Many of our students take the subject at GCSE and A Level, achieving excellent results, and continue their musical studies at university and conservatoire. As of 2019, we also now offer an A Level in Music Technology.
Our Head of Music, Joe Sharp, has been working in the music profession for over 20 years, and regularly appears with the London Symphony Orchestra and Glyndebourne Opera, among others, and works on the West End Productions of Matilda and Wicked.
A huge number of events, concerts and musical performances are arranged each year, such as the termly Showcases, Recital Evenings, the Pyramid Music Competitions, Gig Night, Founder's Day, Classroom Concerts, our Eastbourne Youth Radio broadcast, and various charity performances.
Many girls in the school learn one or two instruments, and specialist tuition is given in Piano, Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin, Cello, Drums & Percussion, Guitar, Double Bass, Electric Bass Guitar and Trumpet.
ABRSM and Trinity College London music exams are held each term - the school is the Eastbourne exam centre for TCL - and our musicians have a 100% pass rate over recent years, with the majority gaining merits and distinctions.
A wide range of ensembles and clubs come together every week, including Chamber Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble, Senior Choir, Songwriting and Logic Pro Club, the Elite A Cappella Vocal Group, Studio Recording and Production, and Rock Band (both Senior and Junior).
Performing Arts have become a strength in the last few years, and it is extraordinary to watch a child prform a vigorous tap dance, pause to sing (with no apparent shortage of breath), then keep dancing.
– Good Schools Guide 2018