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Once pupils enter Key Stage 3, the emphasis of the Music curriculum shifts onto the development of a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts found in music. The pupils are also encouraged to use higher order thinking skills when evaluating and analysing the results of performance, composition and listening tasks.  It is also in Key Stage 3 that the use of technology comes increasingly important.
Instrumental tuition continues to be offered in Brass, Percussion, Strings and Wind over the course of Years 7-9, with pupils encouraged to undertake Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations.  Over the years we have been very successful with the results our pupils have accomplished in these, with many achieving grades of Merit and Distinction. 

The children who undertake peripatetic music lessons are, once they reach the required standard, obliged to join the school orchestra and take part in regular performances in school and further afield.  Pupils also have the opportunity to participate in a number of other groups, such as vocal, brass, wind, string and rock ensembles and the Rhythm and Soul Band.  There are also more informal ‘open door’ sessions which provide a chance for pupils to come into the department at a break time to practice their instruments.

Over the course of the year there are many performance events in Dukhan and further afield, including the annual Spring Concert and Battle of the Bands, and at workshops and concerts around Qatar, such as the Doha Schools Choral Festival.  More advanced pupils are also encouraged to participate in music making with community societies in and around Dukhan and Doha.  We are presently also looking into developing stronger links with schools around Qatar in order to increase these performance opportunities.