Name Role Specialism
Mrs E Cassells Curriculum Leader of Music Jazz, Brass and Voice
Miss L Eyre Teacher of Music/Assistant Principal Voice and Woodwind


The music department at The Ruth Gorse Academy has two fully equipped music rooms with keyboards, guitars and djembe drums. The department has its own computer suite with 21 iMacs. The iMacs have music software such as logic, Sibelius and garage band. The suite is used by all year groups. 30 iPads are also available for students to record their work and show evidence of progress.

Peripatetic Lessons

Instrumental lessons are available for all students at a greatly subsidised rate. Students can currently study: guitar, piano, voice, drums. To get further information about this program please get in touch with the Academy.


At the Music Department in The Ruth Gorse Academy, students learn practical methods of playing and performing music. 

In Year 7, students will learn about all of the elements of music through a set of different topics. Firstly, students develop basic rhythm skills and then learn how to play melody the keyboard. Students will develop their knowledge of Music using dynamics, timbre, tempo, structures and pitch. Students will learn about music from around the world, Singing, Composing with iPad technology, go through a Keyboard Boot Camp, perform a STOMP routine and develop their performing confidence and self-belief. 

In Year 8, students will learn an appreciation of other cultures and genres. Studies include the blues, reggae and pop music. Students will learn about the music industry and how to perform music of their choice in a fantastic personalised project. Students will compose popular music styles using iPad technology and the macs. 

Students will go through processes of practicing, performing and reviewing and learn how to evaluate their own work themselves. This a key part of the culture of the Music Department and students take great pride in their work. All years use iPads in their lessons to record themselves and to help each other improve the quality of their work. 


We pride ourselves on giving students as many performing opportunities as possible. Students are currently preparing for “We Will Rock You”. Later in the year students will be rehearsing and preparing for termly concerts that will be open to a wider audience. Please watch out for tickets!