From the moment they arrive in Reception, girls are actively engaged in a myriad of musical opportunities.
All class lessons are taught by the Head of Junior School Music, in a well-equipped music room. Performing, composing, and listening skills are the core components of lessons. In addition, each year group receives a weekly singing session where all girls experience and enjoy singing in harmony.
From Years 2 – 5, a different instrument is included in the curriculum - Year 2 learn tuned percussion, Year 3 recorder, Year 4 recorder and keyboard and Year 5 undertake a Brass and Ensemble programme. This choice of instruments ensures girls gain experience of both melody instruments and those which are also able to provide harmonies.
Approximately 80% of the students learn at least one musical instrument and individual lessons are available with our experienced peripatetic staff from Year 3 onwards.
Girls are actively encouraged to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular musical groups. These include six Choirs, an Orchestra and a variety of smaller chamber ensembles who perform regularly in school, competitions and at community events. In Years 2, 4 and 6 a major musical production is performed and of course we all enjoy Reception's singing in their annual Nativity.
Events such as the House Music Festival and the monthly 08:05 concert series ensure that everyone is able to be included in the music making of the school. This year has also seen the addition of an ‘Anything but English’ (AbE) concert to the calendar which enables the girls to perform music from other musical traditions/sing in their mother-tongue. An annual summer concert is put on the Rutherford Centre.