As a music department, we passionately believe in a broad and balanced curriculum. Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way that pupils feel, think and act. It brings together feeling and expression and enables reflection and personal development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others. The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of music making, both individually and communally, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. We actively encourage every pupil to fulfil their musical potential, regardless of ability level and to share our enthusiasm and passion for music, so that pupils will develop a life-long love of music. Our aim is to foster individuality, creativity and expression, stretching and challenging pupils to further improve as performers and to be the very best they can be.
Pupils are given the opportunity to begin piano lessons in Reception and violin or cello lessons in Year 1. An infant choir and infant string orchestra rehearse every week to prepare for the many opportunities in our annual musical calendar.
All new pupils entering the Junior school are given the opportunity to try a wide range of instruments and are assessed on their suitability with recommendations then been made to parents. We have a wide and varied instrumental programme, including 3 choirs, 2 orchestras, 2 string ensembles, a wind band, theory groups to name but a few. Pupils are given the opportunity to perform individually in teatime concerts. All pupils have the opportunity to act and sing in a play or musical and there are numerous concert opportunities for our choirs and ensembles.