Music is taught by a specialist teacher to each year group from Nursery to Form 6. All Prep children attend weekly either the Form 3-4 or the Form 5-6 Choir during curriculum time and every child in Form 2 is offered a term’s free group tuition on either the violin, cello or recorder.
We share a team of experienced peripatetic staff with the College and lessons are available to children of Reception age and above on a wide range of instruments. At the discretion of their peripatetic teacher, children can be entered for the ABRSM and other examinations held each term. Please follow the link for further information on instrumental tuition.
The peripatetic staff are highly involved in the musical life of the school: they teach on the Form 2 Strings and Wind Scheme, run the lunchtime Guitar Group and give occasional demonstrations on their instruments in Assemblies, among several other activities. Prep children who play instruments are encouraged to join a lunchtime or after-school ensemble and more advanced Form 6 players are invited to join the College Orchestra. Preparation for ABRSM Music Theory examinations takes place as an extra-curricular activity. We also run a very well attended after-school Pre-Prep Music Club in which children participate in singing and composing activities and in music and movement.
There are various opportunities for musical performance throughout the year. We place a particularly strong emphasis on singing and promote it through the appointment of Head Choristers in Form 6. The children sing together regularly at Assembly and at weekly Mass, as well as for special events, some held in the Chapel (such as the Advent Mass and Carol Service and the Easter Story) and some in other venues (such as the Nativity, the Community Service Christmas Party, the Pre-Prep Performance and the Prep end of year production). Prep and Pre-Prep Concerts offer instrumentalists and singers the opportunity to perform solo and children are keen to volunteer for the weekly Performing Arts Assemblies. For several years we have held a highly popular Inter-House Music Competition open to children in Forms 1 to 6.
We attend the LSO ‘Discovery’ concerts for KS1 and KS2 children given by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican. From time to time we invite musicians to stage events, such as Caribbean steel pan workshops and performances.
In addition to a main teaching classroom for Music, Drama and Dance, we have a Performing Arts Studio and a practice room equipped with keyboards, and an office. We enjoy strong links with the College Music Department, not only sharing their peripatetic staff and facilities but also participating in some of their recitals and workshops and welcoming their ensembles to play at our Assemblies. There is an annual competition for Music Scholarships and Exhibitions to the College and the auditions for these take place in the January preceding entry to the College.