Faculty of Music

Learning to be Extraordinary


Our faculty offers excellent provision from teachers who are passionate about Music.  We endeavour to support young people in accomplishing the highest standards in both the academic side of Music and the performance side.

In August 2016, 100% of our GCSE Music students achieved grades A*-C and 50% achieved grades A*/A. This puts us significantly above the national average. We pride ourselves in offering the highest quality Music provision in both the classroom and through our outstanding peripatetic programme.

Our A Level Music shares the success of the VI Form where we have had a 100% Pass rate for 6 years.

Why Take Music?

Music is in everybody’s lives: on the radio; on the television; in the town. Everyone likes a slightly different style, and there are more than enough styles for each and every taste.

“Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals,it communicates and does all these incredible things.” TomPetty

Music is not just about performing; it is about composing, listening, appraising, and maybe one day producing the kind of music and songs that help others to find comfort and inspiration in their everyday lives.

Our Music Department inspires creativity at every turn. Through a study of traditional, world, and classical music, the 4 basic components of the subject are explored through a range of practical and written activities. All of this is enhanced by an excellent selection of software in the main teaching room.


Camborne Science and International Academy introduces Year 7 and Year 8 students to the opportunity to study the arts.

“One good thing about music: when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Bob Marley

Our Key Stage 3 Curriculum consists of four 6-week projects.

In Year 7, students undertake a bridging unit, which introduces them to the basics of staff notation; composition; music history; the musical elements. After this, they study 3 different world music styles (currently African drumming, Indonesian Gamelan, and Chinese Pentatonicism), and they get the opportunity to explore all 4 essential components of music, building on prior skills.

In Year 8, students begin with a study of Film Music. This provides the opportunity to explore how music can affect mood and enhance dramatic productions. Through a study of major and minor scales and chords, students change the mood of a scene from a film, in addition to exploring keyboard performance with some well-known themes from films. The final project in Year 8 is a study of Musical Theatre, which allows students to understand the links between various art forms.


We currently offer GCSE Music using the AQA Specification (legacy and new). It is a 3-year course.

Students are auditioned for GCSE Music and lessons are compulsory through our own peripatetic system. It is expected that students who study GCSE Music have passed at least their Grade 1 exam and can read music notation by the end of Year 8.

“Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there is no more music in them.”Louis Armstrong

The GCSE music course is designed to develop skills in all four areas of music: performance; composition; listening; theory and history. For your performance, students prepare and perform 1 solo piece and 1 group piece of music that should be at Grade 5 ABRSM standard, and have a combined duration of about 5 minutes. For composition, students write two pieces of music: one composition can be in any style at all, and the other one must be linked to a set brief released by AQA each year. For the remaining assessment areas, students sit a 90-minute exam at the end of the course where they must be prepared to describe unfamiliar music using appropriate musical vocabulary and write an essay based on two of the set study scores. It is an enjoyable, rewarding if demanding course.


Our VI Form meets the needs of all students and provides qualifications that are demanded by both industry and higher education. CSIA VI Form offers a transition from all Key Stage 4 Subjects.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche

A Level Music – At AS, this specification will enable candidates to develop an understanding of the organisation of sounds, the context of music, and musical styles and genres. Candidates will create musical ideas with technical control and expressive understanding, making creative use of musical devices, conventions and resources. Candidates offer two performances which may be solo, ensemble and/or technology-based. Candidates may perform their own composition(s). At A Level, the specification enables candidates to acquire, explore and apply musical language and context. Candidates will create and develop musical ideas with greater technical control and expressive understanding, making increased use of musical devices, conventions and resources. Candidates will offer two (or more) contrasting pieces to form a short programme for either acoustic performance and/or performance via music technology.


Our Music provision goes far beyond the classroom. We have 90 students participating in our outstanding peripatetic programme, which covers the full range of instruments. For the past 5 years, CSIA has hired in the services of private self-employed teachers to teach all instrumental lessons.

The full fee for one whole term of 1-2-1 instrumental lessons with any of our teachers is £66. Pupil Premium students may access the programme for £20 per term. Students who are currently studying for a GCSE or A Level in Music are provided lessons for free as they are compulsory. We benefit from a tremendous amount of school funding to operate this programme within this fee structure. CSIA recognise the importance of music.

Each year since 2012, when the programme was first introduced, the number of external exam passes has increased. In the academic year 2016-17, twenty-five students passed graded exams. We have a 100% pass rate with exams, most students achieving merits and distinctions. The programme also prepares students for various Music Festivals, where we have achieved reasonable success in recent years.

This programme is available to all students, on a term-by-term basis.


Our courses will prepare students for university courses in music, or for work in the Music industry. Below are just a few of the career opportunities which exist to candidates who complete the courses we have on offer.

Composer – All of our courses aim to teach the basics of traditional composition and song-writing, preparing students who show particular skills in this area for work within the music industry or to take commissions from more traditional sources.

Performer – All of our courses include a rigorous performance element, and the peripatetic programme will prepare students for work as a session musician, solo performer, or ensemble performer. All of our peripatetic teachers can and will teach up to and including diploma standard.

Teacher – All of our courses are very broad and will provide an excellent understanding of the essential components of music. They provide enough depth to allow for specialisation at university, but they are also holistic enough to ensure that the next generation of music teachers are as effective as the current one.

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