Year 13 visit the PwC offices in the heart of London, to gain a valuable insight into working life at one of the biggest firms in the world. Thank you to Nikki, Garvin, Callum and Charles from PwC for making this trip happen. More at


Nine boys from our Harris Experience programme see behind the scenes at Christie’s Auction House and present their plan for an art gallery called 'Human Creativity'. Great work boys! Full story at


"The trip to Coventry University gave us a real-life experience on how uni life is. There was a lot to offer, and they have a lot of facilities." Mohiuddin, Year 12. Read about our sixth form tour of with at


Thank you Elizabeth Oladunni of for visiting our school recently and inspiring Year 10 to consider careers in law. They were inspired by her personal journey and we wish Elizabeth continued success in her legal career!


“If you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism. We are not all the same and do not have the same traits.” Read about our events for


Performing Arts at HBAED presents The Wiz, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th March 2022, 6.30pm (doors 6.15pm). £6 adults, £3 children (£15 two adults, two children). Tickets available from the Performing Arts Team. Don't miss out!


Students had a tour around the Houses of Parliament earlier this week to learn about the importance of democracy and the role of parliament. The trip made links with the Year 8 history curriculum which this term has focused on women's suffrage.


Performing Arts at HBAED presents The Wiz, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th March 2022, 6.30pm (doors 6.15pm). £6 adults, £3 children (£15 two adults, two children). Tickets available from the Performing Arts Team.


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Our 5th and penultimate festival of the season today. Cant wait to welcome. Might get muddy!!


Read what boys wrote about their recent visit to Ironmongers' Hall, where they learned about its , , people and . "An exceptional, exclusive, exciting experience," Syria, Year 9. Read more at


“I loved how the actors reeled me in. Even our teachers went on stage to play darts," Nihar, Year 8. Read more students review of a brilliant performance of Romeo & Juliet directed by . More reviews at


A nice email to end Thurs🙂 . "I wanted to send an email to commend how well your students behaved on the trip to see Romeo and Juliet at Southwark Playhouse. They were a credit. They sat silently throughout the performance and always were engaged with the show." Very proud!


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Wonderful demo by on data-driven approaches to teaching


Staff and students at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich would like to pass on their profound thanks to for such an informative and valuable session with holocaust survivor Eva Clarke to mark


Ben's 'Fantasy Wings' - diary of an aspiring pilot. Ben, Year 9, is one of our aspiring pilots who we sent off to join the Fantasy Wings programme - eight Saturday workshops to find out more about careers in the aviation industry. Read his diary here


Year 10 were really inspired by their time with Oxford today and look forward to finding out more about life at an Oxbridge college. A big thank you to .


Our Year 10 boys loved their time with today. Thank you!


Our coach from was pleased to see 23 boys attend his session last week, with many boys going on to play with the Tigers at the weekend. Find out more about our clubs including , and at


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Great to have such a positive relationship with our schools across & and in this case, with


Every student at Harris Dulwich Boys has now attended a session run by The Nest. Located on Rye Lane in , The Nest from offers confidential counselling and support. Find out more at

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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato

Our curriculum intent in Music is to develop a child’s self-confidence and personal expression. The music department’s premise is that music is for all, regardless of gender, race, or ability.

We aim to build success into every lesson and offer extra-curricular activities which are open to every student.

Every student that enters the classroom is seen as potential musicians, musical inventors, composers, and improvisers. Through the teaching, we aim to stimulate students through their thoughts and imagination and advise rather than show and tell. As well as a very practical hands-on subject, no credible music education can be sustained without an insightful analysis of music theory, which is integral to all lessons.

Our ethos for music lessons are that:

  • Every student has the right to learn and take part in musical activities.
  • No music student is left behind
  • Students should be given the opportunities to learn how to express themselves musically
  • Students should be given the opportunities to understand how to build meaningful relationships using music
  • Musical knowledge embraces different traditions.

We believe Music is an essential part of developing the Master Key to future success in life.

For more information about our Music curriculum please contact Director of Performing Arts, Catherine Bee

Curriculum details

Instrument tuition

Both KS3 and KS4 students have an opportunity to take up weekly one-to-one instrumental lessons on the instrument of their choice for a small fee.

Click HERE to read a letter to parents about instrument tuition.

These lessons allow students to take up a new instrument or to develop their skills on an instrument they already play. We have over 80 students on our instrumental register showing its huge popularity and we regularly enter our students for their ABRSM grade exams.

Homework examples

Here are some examples of homework set by the Music department. You can see more examples of homework in all our subjects in our homework portfolio.

Brit Awards (Year 8)

Watch these three tracks live on Youtube:

  • Take That - Shine
  • Coldplay - Fix You
  • Bandits - Rather Be.

Write a newspaper article comparing the three under the following headings: Interaction with the audience, Tempo, Dynamics and costume. Which deserves an award and why? This Joshua Anderson's homework for this topic.

Music homework example 1 June 2015




















Yiri (Year 10)

Comment on the melody, texture, structure, rhythm, metre and instrumentation of Yiri by Koko. This is Maziar Patterson's homework.

Music homework example 2 June 2015




















Rhythm sums (Year 8)

Complete the rhythm sum sheet. This is Connor Thompson's sheet.

Music homework example 3 June 2015




















African instrument (Year 7)

Create an African style instrument which you can ring to and play in class. Examples by Kermani and Esteban. Here are examples by Kermani and Esteban.

Music homework example 4 June 2015


Helpful revision links - for KS4 homework submissions. - to watch class performances.


Music helps students prepare for a wide range of careers including:
  • Composer for: TV, Film, Video games, Orchestra, Radio.
  • Artist
  • Producer
  • Music teacher
  • Music business management
  • Sound engineer
  • Promoter
  • Radio presenter
  • Conductor
  • Music therapist 

Music also develops skills that are essential in any workplace.

Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways.

Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer.

Students of music learn craftsmanship as they study how details are put together painstakingly and what constitutes good, as opposed to mediocre, work. These standards, when applied to a student’s own work, demand a new level of excellence and require students to stretch their inner resources.

In music, a mistake is a mistake; the instrument is in tune or not, the notes are well played or not, the entrance is made or not. It is only by much hard work that a successful performance is possible. Through music study, students learn the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.

Music study enhances teamwork skills and discipline.

Music provides students with a means of self-expression.

Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. A little anxiety is a good thing, and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later.