Head of Music

Mr John-Paul Davies

specializes in Jazz and Composition . Presents music from Year 7-13 .

Music Teacher KS3

Mr Emyr Evans

Organist / pianist and choir member . It presents Music in Welsh , Blynyddoeddd 7 and 8.

Music Technology Teacher

Miss Branwen Munn

Producer , singing several instruments . It presents a Music Technology Level and assists GCSE music .




At Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn we are very fortunate to have extremely talented and dedicated learners who, through the guidance of the Music Department staff, create a musical community that proudly represents the school.

Our staff encourages the ongoing evolution and development of musical ds3350skills and understanding through the use of current teaching practices and music technology. We study music of the past and present to give students knowledge of a wide range of musical styles and genres. The parental support for the program and students is vital to our continual quest for musical excellence. We believe that having staff, parents and students working together on the same team will result in an innovative, creative and expressive experience.

The Emlyn Music department recognizes the importance of theory in music education.  It is our duty to ensure the progress and development of our young musicians in order that they may become the orchestra members, session musicians, songwriters and composers of the future.

It is our ethos that the Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn Music Department should offer students opportunities to experience music in a variety of ways; that music helps students become expressive, creative and disciplined while capturing the spirit of music and fostering their personal love of it.  Our links with various institutions, such as County and Three Counties ensembles, The Young Composer of Dyfed and Small World Theatre help in reaching this goal.


The Music Department works very closely with the Drama Department to produce an annual school show . It happens at the beginning of the school year , with six weeks of intense practice that leads to spectacular musical production that the cast and crew will remember for the rest of their lives. School instrumentalists are used professionally by the orchestra as much as possible and all the performers are given the opportunity to sing on stage . The previous productions include: Annie , A Midsummer Night’s Dream , the original three productions – Peter Pan , The Brothers Grimm and Song – Bugsy Malone , How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Bye Bye Birdie.

Over the past five years , we have gone on a journey through the history of popular music with four bands rocked by a set of original songs and old songs as well as costumes and light show. One of the year ‘s biggest rock nights annually.


In addition, the departments of Music , Photography and English collaborating on demonstration of annual Jazz , Photography and Poetry Small World Theatre in Cardigan titled Jazz , Cameras – Auction! as a fundraiser for the arts.

Instrumental Ensembles

Instrumental Ensembles

Ensemble Timetable

As a department we are very lucky to have a new block, including a Drama Studio, in which we can rehearse undisturbed and in plenty of space every day of every week.

All ensemble rehearsals take place within school hours.

Monday Orchestra
Tuesday Chamber Choir
Thursday Junior Choir Jazz Band
Friday Senior Choir

On a Wednesday the department provides free tuition in ABRSM theory.

Instrumental Ensembles


The school has had a Band for many years now.  At present we are looking to expand the band to include more string instruments and become a substantial Orchestra, our number of upper strings has doubled over the past year!  The Orchestra represents the school in the annual Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church, accompanying the congregational hymns and performing a festive piece.  The Orchestra was featured heavily in last year’s musical spectacular ‘The Big Top’ and the Primary Play Day ‘Prepare to be Boarded’, in which the numbers were swelled to 80.

Jazz Band


Now in its second year, the Jazz Band is growing from strength to strength proving a fertile breeding ground for the musicians who go on to perform as the Pit Band for the school shows.  Playing new compositions by British composers and classic Jazz numbers, the Jazz Band has quickly become a vital school ensemble.

Folk Band

As a result of time constraints, the Folk Band meets as and when needed in advance of concerts.  Recent performances have included works by Pete Seeger and Bellowhead.

String, Brass, Wind Groups


The peripatetic teachers also run section specific ensembles on a weekly basis to improve their learners reading skills and to provide further material for concert performances.

Vocal Ensembles

Junior Choir

This ensemble provides the perfect opportunity for new learners to the school to continue the great tradition of singing introduced at Primary School level.  Projection, breathing and diction are addressed at this level to create strong individual and group singers.  The Junior Choir perform at all the school’s concert events, giving the young people the opportunity to perform in the comfort of large numbers.

Senior Choir

We believe singing in an ensemble to be the most rewarding aspect of music performance.  Open to all upper school learners, attendance of this ensemble is obligatory for all learners who take Music at GCSE and A Level.  However, many learners who have not taken Music regularly attend in order to keep involved in the Music Departments many events.

Chamber Choir

An ensemble for upper school girls, this vocal group produces some beautiful music, covering a range of music from folk songs to popular music and traditional vocal music.

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental Lessons


The Music Department is very proud to state that it provides FREE tuition in the following instruments (as most school in the county now charge):

Brass – Monday, Mr. G Sanders

Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn, Tenor Horn et al

Woodwind – Monday, Mr. A Jackson & Friday, Ms. G Davies

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Upper Strings – Friday, Mr. L Morgan

Violin, Viola

Lower Strings – Wednesday, Ms. N Clarke

Cello, Double Bass

Vocals – Wednesday, Mr. I Evans

Guitar, Bass and Drums – Tuesday, Mr. D Grice

Class sizes vary but range from 1-3 learners depending upon the learners’ needs.

Lessons take place in many rooms within the New Block and Upper Block.  Namely the Drama Studio, The Peripatetic Room (side of stage) and Hall.

County/Six Counties Ensembles

Our peripatetic teachers are fully involved in the music making at county level and beyond.  The attendance of ensemble rehearsals outside of school is actively encouraged and free transport is provided from YGE to County rehearsals.

Instrument Storage

Instruments may be left during school hours in the Peripatetic Room, which is locked when not in use’ but should be taken home for practice every evening and on weekends.

Key Stage 3, 4 and 5

Key Stage 3, 4 and 5

Music and Music Technology are classroom experiences that focus upon the

mechanics of how and why music sounds the way it does. In order to experience, understand, and apply these concepts students will: listen to, analyze, create, and perform musical compositions in class.

Since music study is a sequential process, we continue to develop skills learned from previous years while introducing concepts new to each grade level from Key Stage 3 to GCSE and A Level.

Our concentration will include the following:

Music History………………… How & why music has changed over the years

Contemporary Music………… How previous and current trends have influenced music

of today.

Listening Skills………………. Identifying music fundamentals aurally.

Composition…………………. Creating & expressing original musical ideas.

Music Theory & Notation…… Understanding how to read, write and use music

symbols correctly.

Rhythmic Dictation………….. Identifying & reproducing rhythm patterns.

Tonal Dictation……………… Identifying & reproducing pitches and intervals.

Music Technology……………. Using computers to analyze & compose music.

Vocal Development………….. Posture, breathing, tone quality, projection, and matching pitch will be addressed through unison and part singing.

The Key Stage 3 Music curriculum is separated in to workbooks for each year group.  The units of work all progress toward and through the Key Stage 3 Levels: 1-8 and Exceptional Performance, ensuring that each child reaches their full potential.

If staff are absent then the whole programme of study is available for covering staff on CD-ROM, in order that learners’ learning not be unduly disrupted.

Year 7 Music – three lessons a fortnight

During this very important first year of Music education all learners study Welsh Folk Music, Popular Song, Seasonal Music and famous Classical works, such as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.  Most instrumentalists will join the School Orchestra and all learners are invited to join the Junior Choir.

Year 8 Music – three lessons a fortnight

The second year at YGE builds on the Year 7 work whilst introducing units such as Medieval Music, Samba and writing Radio Jingles.  Throughout KS3 the elements of music are established and reiterated, often through starter activities which give learners a chance to lead the class.

Year 9 Music – three lessons a fortnight

Every class in Year 9 is taught by the Head of Music in preparation for GCSE the following year.  Year 9 introduces Film Music composition and Welsh Pop Music.  The final year of Key Stage 3 sees the learners working concertedly toward achieving their best possible level.

GCSE – five lessons a fortnight

At GCSE Level the Music Department follows the WJEC syllabus.  The skills introduced at KS3, performance, appraisal and composition, are developed with assessment taking place in all three disciplines over the two years.  Learners are required to perform one solo and one ensemble (group) performance and produce two compositions as well as sit a written aural exam.  The course covers the broad and stimulating areas of Music Evolution, Musical Forms and Devices, The Music of Wales and Musical Theatre

Useful links:

Education Scotland
A Level – eight hours a fortnight

At A Level learners study some of the greatest music ever written: ds3374Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, the work of The Beatles, Shostakovich’s 8th String Quartet, Duke Ellington and Bernstein’s West Side Story.

Although no previous qualification is strictly required for entrance onto this course, potential A/AS Level musicians should be confident and accomplished performers (of at least Grade 4 standard) and should have preferably achieved a ‘C’ grade or higher at GCSE.

Musicians from a broad range of musical backgrounds might consider taking music in the sixth form.  However, the ability to read music and
notate music is essential for the WJEC course.

A Level Music Technology – eight hours a fortnight

The department is also very fortunate to be able to offer Music Technology at A Level.  With an excellent pass rate this qualification has proved increasingly popular with young people wishing to further their musical expertise in the areas of recording, sequencing and analysis.  Most learners studying Music Technology will have taken Music GCSE and many take both at A Level.