Head of Department: 

Miss Susanna Shaw 

Department aims: 

The music department aims to give students a broad range of musical experiences, to participate in musical performances both singing and playing a variety of instruments and to help students develop a love of music that will go with them into adult life.  Students will be taught music through three key concepts:  Performance, Composition and Listening and Appraising.

For more information regarding topics covered in Music, please see the curriculum information and Learning Journey linked below

Useful weblinks:  

Music First

Muse score   

Eduqas - GCSE Music

Extracurricular and enrichment: 

  • School Production
  • Chamber Choir
  • Acapella Group
  • Musical Theatre Group
  • Brass Ensemble
  • String Group
  • Folk Group
  • Contemporary Ensemble
  • Music Theory

Music Lessons (see below)

Music Lessons at RMS:

Learning an instrument at Robert May’s School:

At Robert May’s School we aim to provide students with as many different musical experiences as we can. The school has several ensembles including Show Choir, a Cappella Choir, String Quartet, Folk Band, Brass Group, Woodwind Ensemble and Concert Band. Students have the opportunity to perform at the Spring and Summer concerts and  Founder’s Day as well as events throughout the year.

Instrumental and vocal lessons are also available during the school day but at an additional cost to parents.

Booking is now open for the next school year 2024-2025. If your child would like to learn an instrument, please take a look at the various options available.

Hampshire Music Service


  • Woodwind – flute, clarinet, saxophone
  • Brass – cornet, trumpet, trombone, tuba
  • Strings – violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Keyboard or piano

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Robert May’s School is pleased to offer instrumental lessons on all brass, woodwind and string instruments, as well as keyboard and piano with Hampshire Music Service. Hampshire Music Service (HMS) has been supplying music teachers to Robert May’s School for many years and will continue to provide instrumental tuition at the school for the next academic year 2024-2025. 

Lessons last for 20 minutes each week and are either an individual lesson or a group of 2 students per lesson. The lessons will be at a different time each week so that students don’t miss the same curriculum lesson each time. Hampshire Music Service also offer their own instrument hire services. 

If you would like more information about music lessons for these instruments and details of how to contact them, please click here.

Hampshire Music Service

The Rock & Pop Foundation 


  • Acoustic guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Classical guitar
  • Bass guitar
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The Rock and Pop Foundation are one of our excellent music lesson providers within the school. If you are interested in your child starting guitar lessons, please follow the links on the information page below which provides a comprehensive overview of the services they supply including pre-recorded videos about the type of lessons available within our school.

For more information and details about how to contact the Rock & Pop Foundation please click here.

Rock and Pop Foundation (Guitar)

Smith’s Music School (Maggie Smith)  


  • Singing
  • Piano
  • Keyboard
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Singing, Piano and Keyboard lessons are available at Robert May’s provided by Maggie Smith. An experienced educator and musician, Maggie’s philosophy as a tutor is to create a safe space for her students to be expressive, explorative and find confidence in themselves through music. Her mission is to give students the same joy that she found when she was introduced to playing an instrument and singing.

Maggie teaches all styles and genres of music including Pop, Classical, Jazz and Musical Theatre. To enrol in Singing, Piano or Keyboard lessons with Maggie, please complete the enrolment form

If you have any questions about lessons, please contact Maggie by email: smithsmusicschool@gmail.com

Calum Johnson 
  • Drums

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Have you considered starting drum lessons?

The drums is a fantastic instrument to start learning from any age. The pursuit of any musical instrument teaches you many skills, with each instrument requiring slightly different techniques and skills. Through the learning of drums you will learn to master 4 way coordination through both hands and feet, the art of steady time-keeping, the development of strong rhythm, and many more musical skills. The drums will teach you how to multitask and think on your feet while focussing on multiple things at once. A great skill to develop for use in both music and general life.

Through drum lessons at Robert May’s School, you can learn to play for a purpose. Be it learning songs, playing in ensembles, working towards grade exams or just developing general technique, you can develop your playing in any way you wish. You will learn with a drum tutor who is actively using these skills in the music industry as a working professional drummer and music director. With credits including BBC Radio 1, ITV1 and BBC Introducing, Drum Tutor Calum Johnson will be guiding you through your drumming journey every step of the way. Heard enough to convince you that drum lessons might be for you? Apply to start now!

To express interest in drum lessons, please complete this enrolment form.

If you have any questions about lessons, please contact calumj45@gmail.com


Subject Documents Date  
Music Curriculum Information 26th Jul 2023 Download
Learning Journey Music 07th Apr 2022 Download

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