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Miss A Sanders - Music Subject Leader
Mr D Milner-Pearce - Music Teacher


The Music Department will encourage students to express themselves through the arts and present their ideas to others. Students develop their confidence and communication skills. They will also develop qualities of intuition, imagination, exploration, analysis and critical reflection. Students will learn to appreciate the cultural, historical, political and social context of music.

What are the advantages of studying Music?

  • Music is a universal language: it is the most unique and powerful form of communication for all people regardless of age, background, ability and interests
  • It helps to develop key skills such as confidence, performance under pressure, teamwork, co-ordination, memory etc
  • It relieves tensions and stress, thus helping us to relax
  • It enables us to explore, develop and express our inner feelings, ideas and emotions freely.

Music Grade Examinations

We encourage all our students learning an instrument to work towards a practical music examination. Depending on the instrument and focus of instrument we offer the students an opportunity to take Trinity Guildhall, Rock School or Associated Board. These examinations assess performance and technical skills from beginner to accomplished performer. Music exams are accredited in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, DELLS and CEA.  They also attract UCAS points for students applying to UK colleges and universities.  Various arrangements are in place with education authorities worldwide.

Performance Opportunities

We aim to provide a mixture of musical opportunities for students to perform in different environments, to a variety of audiences allowing the students to develop a wide music vocabulary. Students perform in assemblies, at open evenings, singaround evenings, awards ceremonies and at other events both in school and in the wider community. The Music Department holds a number of concerts throughout the year, for example the Summer Concert, Christmas Concert and the Christmas Carol Service at St. Mary’s, Riverhead.

Previous Events

  • New Build Opening Ceremony - Friday 17 October 2014  - Recital Room
  • Year 7 Big Sing - Tuesday 11 November 2014 - The Oaks Theatre
  • Christmas Concert - Thursday 11 December 2014 - The Oaks Theatre 
  • Carol Service - Tuesday 16 December 2014 - St Mary’s Church, Riverhead
  • Open Mic Performances - Thursday 25 June 2015 - Zed Café, Sevenoaks
  • Summer Concert - Thursday 2 July 2015 - The Oaks Theatre
  • Voces 8 Workshop - Tuesday 1 December 2015 - The Oaks Theatre
  • Chamber Choir Performance - Tuesday 8 December 2015 - The Oaks Theatre
  • Christmas Concert - Thursday 10 December 2015 - The Oaks Theatre
  • Performance Evening -  Monday 10 December 2015 - Zed Café, Sevenoaks 
  • Christmas Carol Service - Thursday 17 December 2015 - St Mary's Church, Riverhead
  • GCSE Recital Evening - Tuesday 1 March 2016 - The Oaks Theatre
  • Youth Music Stage - Saturday 18 June 2016 - Sevenoaks Festival
  • Summer Concert - Tuesday 28 June 2016 - The Oaks Theatre
  • Year 7 Big Sing Concert - Wednesday 12 October 2016 - The Oaks Theatre
  • Christmas Concert - Tuesday 6 December 2016 - The Oaks Theatre
  • Carol Service - Thursday 15 December 2016 - St Mary's Church, Riverhead
  • Performance - Thursday 8 December 2016 - Walthamshow Hall Senior School
  • Performance - Saturday 10 December 2016 - Brewhouse Café, Knole House
  • Year 11 GCSE Recital Evening - Tuesday 7 February 2017 - The Oaks Theatre
  • Music in May Concert - Tuesday 9 May 2017 - The Oaks Theatre
  • Youth Music Stage - Saturday 24 June 2017 - Sevenoaks Festival

Musical Instrument Lessons

Musical instrument lessons are provided by a peripatetic teacher i.e. an instrumental or vocal teacher who visits a school to provide tuition. Knole Academy will provide facilities including practice rooms and, where appropriate, loan instruments, to support both student and peri teacher. Payment and communications will be direct between parents and the teacher. 

We offer lessons on the following:-  piano, clarinet, saxophone, flute, drums, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, cornet, violin, viola and singing. The sessions are 30 minutes long and cost £15. Music GCSE students are entitled to free lessons funded by the school.

Please find below a brief description of all the current peri teachers we have:

Mr Yoxall - guitar teacher (guitar, bass and ukulele)

I have taught the guitar, bass and ukele in various school across Kent since 2008. I have always believed that playing music should be an escape from the normal working day and therefore, try to make the lessons as fun and enthusiastic as possible. I also teach performing skills and songwriting for GCSE and A level students.

Mr Rose - drum teacher

Mr Dennis - brass teacher (trumpet, trombone, cornet and piano)

Mrs Park - piano teacher

Mr Sinclair - woodwind teacher (saxophone and clarinet)

Ms Ayliffe - singing teacher (pop/rock/musical theatre)

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Ms Higham - piano teacher

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Mr Parkin - violin teacher (violin and viola)

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Miss Firth - singing teacher (classical/musical theatre - Minstrels Scholarship lessons)

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TBC - flute teacher

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Music Clubs

Music Clubs

(all held at lunchtime, unless otherwise stated)

Monday GCSE Theory/Revision

Minstrels (3.05pm)
Tuesday Brass/Woodwind Group
Wednesday Orchestra
Thursday Chamber Choir
Friday Rock Band Rehearsals


Music Lessons

Monday Singing lessons
Piano lessons
Tuesday Trumpet lessons
Piano lessons
Violin lessons
Wednesday Guitar/Bass/Ukulele lessons
Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute lessons
Thursday Guitar/Bass/Ukulele lessons
Drum lessons
Friday Guitar/Bass/Ukulele lessons


Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8, students have one hour of music each week.

Topics studied include:

Year 7: Elements of Music, Keyboard Skills, Singing, Major and Minor, Cartoon Music, Instruments of the Orchestra and Rhythm & Beat.

Year 8: The Blues, Ground Bass, Film Music, African Drumming, Modes, Hooks & Riffs and Indian Music.

Key Stage 4

Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 receive two hours of music each week.  All students are currently studying the Edexcel specification Music GCSE.

Key Stage 5

Year 12 and 13 students receive five hours of music each week.  Students are currently studying the Eduqas Specification for A Level Music.


We invite you to take a look through the Knole Academy prospectus to discover the wealth of opportunities available.


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