Students have access to numerous academic and performance opportunities that go beyond the requirements of the course.
- Academically, high ability students have access to original source readings, advanced harmonic exercises and comparative aural tasks that go beyond the expectations of the course and engage in undergraduate modes of thinking. The majority of regular tasks are differentiated three ways to allow for exploration and engagement beyond the confines of the syllabus. Additional Grade 6-8 Theory lessons are also offered to especially strong students, which are useful preparation for undergraduate-style harmonic classes.
- Students have access to over 30 performance opportunities throughout the year that engage them beyond the practical confines of the course, many with professional musicians. These include weekly lunchtime recitals with opportunities for feedback, eight large scale choral and instrumental ensemble concerts, external solo and chamber music concerts, fully-staged operatic performances and masterclasses with internationally renowned musicians; this year with the saxophone phenomenon Jess Gillam. All students engage with this music-making, allowing for musical growth and development, giving them access to music-making venues such as Guildford Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and The Royal Memorial Chapel Sandhurst.
- The highest ability musicians access additional stretch and challenge through the scholarship scheme, which affords them additional 1-2-1 tuition, opportunities to develop their solo performance skills with a professional accompanist at a number of world renowned venues, and to receive tuition and chamber music performance from The Royal Academy of Music.
- Students have the opportunity to engage in local community volunteer and work experience activities, including for local festivals in Aldershot and Fleet and music therapy with the InHarmony group.
- Students have access to a number of tours involving performing, recording and educational workshops in a variety of internationally renowned festivals and venues; this year to France, Poland and Russia respectively.