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With talent and passion comes dedication - over a third of our timetable is devoted to music, so students can expect to study music three hours a day plus practice time. Chetham's music programme is varied, dynamic and packed with opportunities; areas include instrumental and vocal study, aural training, chamber music, orchestral training, choral work, academic study, composition and music technology.

Chetham's Symphony Orchestra perform Mahler's Symphony No.6 at the Bridgewater Hall

All students have a principal study and usually a second study instrument, and can look forward to two individual lessons a week on their principal study and a further lesson on second study. Individual practice is also scheduled up until the Sixth Form.

Twice a year, there are assessments by external examiners, presenting the opportunity for each student, their teacher and Head of Department to review progress together and offer encouragement, guidance and advice on specified areas.

Chetham's has an award-winning reputation for its participatory arts projects and programme of work in the community, which it has developed in collaboration with major charities and national organisations.

"Through the music programme, Chets students grow into fine musicians but, of equal importance, become caring, receptive and considerate young adults, with the power to enrich other
people’s lives through their music making and understanding."

Stephen Threlfall