Music plays a very important part in the lives of the Prep School girls. Whilst some of our girls go on to become highly-accomplished musicians, we aim for all to be musically literate and at ease with the subject, feeling that they can use performance skills in other areas of life.
All girls have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, to take part in group work and to sing in choirs.
Year 2 children participate in our violin scheme, and spend the year being taught in small groups by a specialist teacher. As children progress through the school, there is greater emphasis on singing, performing, composing and listening to numerous genres of music from all periods and cultures. Above all, Music should be appealing, galvanising and inspiring, and full of opportunities that motivate and challenge pupils, giving them plenty of opportunity to realise their full potential and experience the immeasurable feeling of having performed with poise in front of an audience. All girls will receive two lessons a week, taught by a music specialist. In Years 2 and 3 this is extended to three lessons a week, to allow the girls to learn an instrument and so have a sound introduction to the reading of music and instrumental playing.
Individual instrumental lessons are offered from Year 1. We have teachers available for many instruments including the piano, violin, ‘cello, trumpet, saxophone and drums. In addition, there are numerous ensemble groups that the girls may join.
Girls showing a significant amount of talent are invited to audition for the Senior School Orchestra at the end of Year 5.
Performance is an important part of music. The joy of being able to share music with others is something special and there are many opportunities for the girls to do this during the course of the year.
As with all extra-curricular activities, where possible, they are organised so that there will be a musical activity on offer, regardless of ability, at some point during the week. Then, at a different time during the week, there will be a separate activity to take those more able girls to a higher standard. Our Year 6 girls frequently sing with the Senior School girls.