As from September 2016, the Junior School has a brand new Performing Arts Centre with a number of large and wonderfully resourced music rooms. Every class from Nursery through to Year 6 receive two lessons of music each week and all lessons are taught by professional and experienced musicians.
The Performing Arts Centre offers all the benefits of the latest music technology, as well as more traditional teaching resources.
The curriculum is varied and exciting. All classes sing regularly and make recordings of both their singing and practical performances.
Hand written music theory plays an integral part in class music right the way from Year 1 to Year 6. The Junior School boasts a first class IT infrastructure and, as a result, music technology plays an active part in lessons. We use the following software: Music Ace, Groovy Shapes, Groovy Jungle, Groovy City and Sibelius.
Other notable aspects of the curriculum are as follows
Year 1: All pupils learn the descant recorder as part of their Music curriculum.
Year 2: All pupils learn the ukulele as part of their music curriculum.
Year 3 & 4: During these two years, all pupils take part in the Instrumental Scheme. This scheme enables pupils to learn either the violin, cello, flute or clarinet in Year 3 or the trumpet, trombone, French horn or oboe in Year 4.
Pupils are assessed in the Summer term of Year 2 to determine which instrument suits them the best.
The lessons are taught in pairs by our VMTs. The instruments, music and lessons are all provided by the school at no additional cost to parents.
Following their year on the scheme, many pupils decide to continue with their instrumental lessons on a 1-1 basis.
It is an excellent way of introducing music-making to children, to learn all the other skills that come from learning an instrument; organisational skills, working with others, musicianship skills, discipline when practising etc…
Weekly Music Clubs:
- Junior /Senior Orchestra
- Lower Years Choir (Years 1 & 2)
- Junior Choir (Years 3 & 4)
- Senior Choir (Years 5 & 6)
- Chamber Choir (Years 5 & 6)
- Woodwind Ensemble
- Brass Ensemble
- Cello Ensemble
- Percussion Ensemble
- String Ensemble
- Premier Strings
- Rock Shop
- Theory Club
- Music Tech Club x2
Individual instrumental lessons take place on a carousel system and many children take Associated Board Examinations each term. There are 18 visiting peripatetic teachers and about half the children from Year 3 to Year 6 learn an instrument.
Instruments available include violin, cello, double bass, harp, piano, drums, percussion, classical guitar, electric guitar, clarinet, flute, oboe, trumpet, trombone, French horn, singing, and saxophone. The Music Department is well equipped with electronic keyboards, a wide selection of musical instruments including a double bass, oboes and a bassoon which are available to pupils to borrow.
There are many opportunities to perform at the Junior School; Informal Concerts, ABRSM Concerts, weekly assemblies (Lower School, Upper School and Year group), the Junior and Senior Summer Concerts, Inter-House Instrumental Music Competitions, Inter-House Singing Competition, Carol Services, Nativities, and year group productions. It is expected that every pupil learning an instrument will perform at least once during each academic year.