List of TLR Holders and their responsibilities: 

Miss Susanna Shaw - Head of Music

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.  

Approaches to teaching and learning:

Students will be taught music through three key concepts:  
Performance, Composition and Listening and Appraising.

Why the department has adopted this curriculum plan: (Curriculum Intent): 

The curriculum has been designed to allow students to develop their skills through exploration of a vast, eclectic musical world.

Principles of sequencing learning in this subject: 

The music curriculum is taught on a rotation system and so students will not necessarily follow the curriculum in the order stated below therefore it has been important to design topics that can stand alone but still build on previous knowledge.  All KS3 lessons are planned around the key concepts and skills required for GCSE - performing, composing and listening and appraising.

Within KS4, GCSE Music is taught by two teachers which alternate every half term so the curriculum may not be taught in the order stated below however these are important topics whereby knowledge and skill sets run through them and can be taught at any stage throughout the course.

How students will receive feedback to enhance their knowledge and skills: Students will be given verbal feedback in every lesson regarding ongoing work.  Each assessment piece will be formally marked using a specific criteria which will be shared with students before the assessment for both practical and theory.

Extracurricular and enrichment: 

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

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 2023-2024. 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 2023-2024. 

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:


Calum Johnson 
  • Drums

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Calum is employed by Robert May’s School to provide weekly drum lessons. Further information about these and how to apply is coming soon.

Useful Web links:  

Subject Documents Date  
Music Curriculum Information 06th May 2022 Download
Learning Journey Music 07th Apr 2022 Download

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