The teaching of music develops children’s ability to listen and analyse. It enables the appreciation of a wide variety of music and cultures and allows pupils to make judgements about musical quality. Music enables active involvement in different forms, both communal and individual, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness, as well as instilling and developing confidence in individuals. It increases self-discipline, creativity and fulfilment.
Within the curriculum, every child has weekly Music lessons with a dedicated, specialist teacher. The Music Department believes in nurturing every child’s appreciation of music and encourages them to get involved in an ensemble; singing in a choir or playing in the Orchestra.
Children in the Pre-Preparatory Department gain an understanding of the basic musical elements and as a result, are able to express themselves musically in movement and song, and through the use of classroom percussion instruments.
Children in Years 3-6 learn the keyboard and tuned percussion instruments in lessons and use these and other instruments to aid composition, score-reading and other tasks. All lessons are differentiated according to individual ability.
Throughout the year there are a number of concerts, music showcases and productions.