Music is concerned with the creative, aesthetic, intellectual and emotional response to sound. It is a subject that is highly valued and is provided for the education and enjoyment of all pupils regardless of ability.
Through a wide range of activities we aim to build confidence so that children find a lasting sense of purpose, achievement and fulfilment in musical expression. Pupils learn to sing, play a range of tuned and un-tuned instruments, and to listen carefully to music made by others. In doing so, their imagination is stimulated, co-ordination skills are developed and bonds are made with other music makers and audiences.
Both performance and composition are taught. Children are encouraged to explore ideas, improve their work and use notation where possible. By investigating the range of sounds made by a wide variety of instruments pupils learn to create moods and effects, developing a musical vocabulary. They also learn to appreciate music from their own and other cultures.
Recorder tuition is offered to all Year 2 children as part of their music curriculum. There is a Strings teaching programme for Year 3 with free tuition on either the violin or ‘cello, in small groups and as a class. Similar tuition for Woodwind and Brass instruments takes place in Year 4. Years 5 and 6 receive free tuition in Taiko (Japanese drumming).
Pupils may join a wide range of choirs, including a Pre-Prep Choir and a Boys’ Choir, with the School enjoying considerable success in local and national music festivals and competitions. This has included performances in the BBC Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year competition and Barnardo's National Choral Competition. A full Orchestra, String Orchestra, Wind Band, Recorder Ensemble and Jazz Group meet at lunchtimes and children who play an instrument are encouraged to belong to one of these. Flute, recorder, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French Horn, piano, violin, viola, ‘cello, double bass and percussion are taught by peripatetic teachers in a purpose-built music suite.
Music is taught throughout the school by a lead specialist music teacher supported by other music teachers.