About the Curriculum
The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to appreciate live and recorded music from a wide range of genres and eras. They develop individual musicianship skills with progression, learn improvisational skills and how to understand and read from different music symbols such as pictures, graphics, sol-fa, stick notation and staff notation. They develop a positive self-image and self-confidence through solo and group opportunities for performing in a variety of venues and for different occasions.
Music is taught throughout the school by a music specialist. From Nursery, Reception and Pre-Prep children are taught a Kodály-based programme that teaches basic musicianship skills. Pulse/Rhythm/Pitch/Tempo are taught throughout the Pre-Prep through singing games, rhymes and chants.
The school offers pupils opportunities to take lessons from a range of music visiting teachers including piano, brass, wind and violin, starting with The String Babies scheme in Pre-Prep. All Prep pupils enjoy singing in either Junior choir or Senior choir and learn unison, canons and parts songs with increasing complexity as they progress through the school. Pupils from Years 3 to 6 receive class instrumental lessons on the recorder and keyboard with a popular lunchtime clinic that supports playing the recorder.
We arrange visits to local concerts and shows which are invaluable for promoting music excellence. Children are also encouraged to attend senior school music days such as orchestral, wind ensembles and choral days. Pupils preparing for scholarships are supported and most are successful in being awarded bursaries or scholarships.