"I had a great day in Tring meeting the students and hearing their songs, discussing them and trying to impart some of my meagre wisdom. They were great players and singers and eager to learn, everything an amateur teacher could want."
Frank Turner - singer-songwriter
This comprehensive and innovative music course at Tring Park is aimed at talented musicians who have an interest in creating and performing popular music. The curriculum covers three broad interdisciplinary areas of learning: performance practice, songwriting and creative musicianship, and principles of music theory and applied aural skills.
Our students must display creativity, intellect, enthusiasm and confidence in order to maximise their potential on the course. In addition to their musical vocational training, students also undertake A'Levels or BTECs, ensuring a well-rounded educational experience.
Students graduating from the Commercial Music course may find themselves ready to pursue the industry or undergo further training. Former students have gone on to gain places at some of the most prestigious music colleges and conservatoires, including The Institute (UK) and Berklee College of Music (USA).
"It was a pleasure to teach a masterclass at Tring Park. The students were all very keen and motivated, and applied the new techniques and methods very well. I am confident they’ll all turn out to be fantastic writers and have exceeding careers in the music industry. The class inspired me with their talent and natural ability! "
Taylor Jones - Singer-songwriter
Industry masterclasses and networking opportunities complement the technical training on the course. Recent sessions have included: Juliet Russell (BBC1 - The Voice), Claire Martin OBE (BBC Radio 3 - The Jazz Lineup), Taylor Jones, Eric Whitacre, Laura Mvula and Frank Turner.
"I very much enjoyed my jazz vocal masterclass at Tring Park. All the students were incredibly musical and eager to learn about jazz vocals styles - I was very impressed with their musicality and harmonic knowledge. They all chose good material and had thought about presentation and delivery. The school was amazing and very welcoming to both myself and pianist Gareth Williams. We look forward to teaching there again."
Claire Martin OBE - Jazz Vocalist and BBC Radio 3 Presenter for Jazz Line Up
Practical musicianship constitutes a large proportion of the course and there are opportunities throughout the School to collaborate with some of the other vocational departments. The creative aspect of the Commercial Music Course allows pupils to write original material, create their own arrangements and write for commissions. Other classes include:
- Digital recording and production
- Master classes given by industry professionals
- Theory and aural training
- The music industry
- Contextualising popular music
- One lesson a week on the student's primary instrument/voice
Tring Park is renowned for its high performance standards and we would expect anyone applying for the Commercial Music Course to have reached a good standard on their principal instrument.
"I had a great afternoon with the popular music singers. I was impressed by the professionalism of those participating; the willingness to try new techniques and to raise their game in terms of vocal and physical performance. The level of talent was a joy to work with."
Juliet Russell - BBC 1’s The Voice – Vocal Coach
For all enquiries concerning the Commercial Music Course please contact Harmesh Gharu, Head of Commercial Music at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 01442 821670.
A Music Department for the whole school
Tring Park's Music Department has one foot in both camps - straddling both the academic and vocational areas of the curriculum providing pupils with the skills necessary to become professional performers.
Our Music staff work closely with the other departments in the School to provide an in-depth and rounded musical education and training. Music at Tring Park covers a wide range of genres to a very high standard, and many pupils from the School go on to study Music in Further Education.
Music is taught to GCSE (Edexcel), AS and A Level (WJEC). In addition, we teach Music Technology at AS and A Level.
Pupils in the Music Department are prepared for the performance aspect of these examinations by more than twenty very experienced musicians and teachers.
Practical training, individual tuition and music theory lessons
Pupils in the Lower School follows schemes of work based on the National Curriculum, focusing on Performing, Listening, Composing and Appraising. Pupils can also receive individual tuition on a wide range of instruments, including:
- Piano - classical and jazz
- Guitar - classical and electric
- Bass Guitar
- Drum kit
- Double Bass
Pupils in the Music Department also have the option to take extra-curricular lessons in Music Theory. These are available on a group basis and are recommended to all pupils taking vocal and instrumental lessons as part of our Music Course. Pupils may enter music examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), LCM Music Theatre, Rockschool and Trinity Guildhall.
Performing on the biggest stages
Choirs from our Music Department perform regularly. Working closely with Richard Cooke, conductor of the Royal Choral Society, Tring Park's award- winning choirs have performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.
"The contribution made by the pupils to this concert was outstanding, adding significantly to the sound of the choir, and singing with a professionalism, power and clarity of tone which was truly striking. I hope we will do more in the future; they were a delight to work with."
Richard Cooke - Conductor, Royal Choral Society
As well as our award-winning Chamber and Mixed Voice Choirs, we have a flexible approach to ensembles, which can vary according to the needs and strengths of current pupils. Types of ensembles from our Music Department often include:
- String ensembles
- String quartets
- Saxophone groups
- Rock Band
- Soul Band
- Barbershop Choir
- '16' - an elite Upper School mixed voice choir which won the 2016 BBC Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year.
- Chamber Choir - a girls' voice choir
For further information about Music at Tring Park please email Elizabeth Norriss or Tel. 01442 821669