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. Nursery, Reception and Pre-Prep children are taught musicianship skills through a curriculum which focuses on the elements of music. Pulse/Rhythm/Pitch/Tempo are taught throughout the Pre-Prep through singing games, rhymes and chants.
The school offers pupils from Reception to Year 8 the opportunity to take lessons from a range of music visiting teachers including piano, violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, tuba, rock and acoustic guitar, drums and voice, with opportunities to perform in various formal and informal concerts throughout the year. In 2018 we have introduced drum lessons. All Prep pupils enjoy singing in either the Junior choir or Senior choir and learn unison, canons and parts songs with increasing complexity as they progress through the school. Pupils from Years 6 to 8 develop their performance and composition skills on the keyboard as part of their topic work which focuses on a different musical genre each term.
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.