Our music department is committed to embracing and nurturing the academic and performance abilities of any pupil who is interested in music.


Judgemeadow Community College has a very long tradition of musical excellence, and has always sought to provide the widest possible range of musical experiences for all students. We offer tuition on most instruments, and voice.

Our highly experienced peripatetic teachers are able to teach up to diploma level. There are performance opportunities to suit every student, from the Orchestra and Vocal Group, to the student-led bands.


Academic Music

The music curriculum at Judgemeadow seeks to build students’ key musical skills, incorporating the three strands of modern music education; performing, composing, listening and appraising. Class work makes use of the department’s two music rooms, which provide a variety of instruments and technology options, including a suite of Mac computers. Workstations are equipped with midi keyboards and software, including Musescore and GarageBand for both notation and music technology work. Students achieve high standards in composition at KS4, and works by the college students can feature in the school’s concerts as well as scoring highly in public examination.


Curriculum overview

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 follow a broad and exciting curriculum.  Students study the basics of music theory and notation, together with world music including Bhangra, Calypso and The Blues, as well as film, popular and classical music from the last 500 years. Students get the chance to make full use of our professional software packages for notation and music technology. Performance is of course integral to our course, and all students use keyboards, ukuleles, guitars and drum kits in the course of their studies, as well as variety of specialist instruments.


Curriculum details

music GSCE
School Curriculum
Exam Board Documentation



Music Lessons

Students benefit from the teaching of staff who maintain active professional performing careers. A variety of talented peripatetic instrumental teachers come into school to deliver high quality lessons to students on a private basis. Students are entered for performance exams with a variety of internationally renowned exam boards, and are incredibly successful. For more information about instrumental lessons, please see the information listed below:

At Judgemeadow we offer instrumental and vocal lessons with a variety of outstanding private peripatetic teachers.  There is a cost involved, but this is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop their interests and valuable life skills. Pupils receive their instrumental/vocal lessons during the school day but all communication regarding the arrangement and payments are made directly between parents/carers and the instrumental/vocal teacher. 

The provisions are as follows:


Instrument Name of Teacher Teacher contact details
Woodwind (flute, clarinet, saxophone) Ms Su Robinson
Piano Mr Martyn Hill

Drum Kit Mr Damon Clarridge
Guitar (electric, bass & classical)

Mr Michael Haddon  (Noise Tuition)


Ms Lornette Ford (Leicester Vocal Tech)

Brass (trumpet, cornet, trombone)

Mr Alan Holford
Violin, Viola Ms Tamaki Dickenson

If you would like to start playing a musical instrument or continue to learn, then please contact the relevant teacher.  If you already have lessons and would like to continue with a teacher not on our list then please ask your teacher to contact Mrs O’Hara

If you have any questions regarding instrumental/vocal tuition please feel free to talk to or email Mrs O’Hara (email address at the bottom of this page)



Judgemeadow students perform in several concerts each year, ranging from major performances in school, to informal concerts, assemblies or recitals that introduce pupils to the experience of performing in public for the first time. A number of students go on to study music at A level, and many of our past students have gone on to study music at major universities and music colleges.

You can hear our student performances for yourself by visiting the Judgemeadow Soundcloud page where their exceptional talent is showcased. 


Performance Exams

Students can be entered for performance exams with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in consultation with their instrumental/vocal teacher. The college is an examination centre for the ABRSM. This means that students are able to take their graded practical exams during a week towards the end of each term.The department recognises that music exams are not the most appropriate target for all young musicians, and informal or formal performance opportunities are therefore integral to the school's concert programme with a view to providing appropriate goals for every student.


Head of Music