Music

We believe that music is for everyone. Our aim is to enable all pupils to achieve their best standard; to stretch the gifted and to cultivate the hidden musicality in others. As well as the skills, disciplines, knowledge and enjoyment which are acquired through musical study, musical training can also develop a number of life skills such as self-discipline, co-operation with others and mental and physical co-ordination. Whether a pupil aspires to great musical heights as a soloist or is destined to enjoy making music as a hobby, we aim to provide the facility for everyone to develop musical pursuits best suited to their own styles and interests.

Music in the Classroom

Across the Prep School, the boys are taught in mixed ability classes and the Director of Music, Mr Bish, is responsible for the delivery of music lessons from P1 – P4. Boys in each year group receive one hour of music lessons per week (two academic periods) with a maximum class size of 24 students.

The syllabus of the Music Department incorporates, and is shaped by, the requirements of the National Curriculum, these being the basic core for the scheme of work. However, through the use of specialist teachers and first rate facilities, we hope to deliver as wide a programme as possible.

In Clarke House there is a spacious music classroom with its own recording studio and Yamaha C3 mini grand piano. There are various class sets of un-tuned percussion instruments including Djembes and Brazilian Surdo Drums alongside tuned percussion (glockenspiels), keyboards that integrate with iPad software and are also all linked to a mixer by the teachers desk, a class set of ukuleles and various other instruments.

The music room has its own suite of 13 iPads, all running specialist apps to aid the teaching of music to children and other teaching and learning resources. The department also has excellent audio visual equipment. The Director of Music (a former Head of Music Technology) is enthusiastic about integrating Music Technology into the curriculum. Other accommodation within the department is similarly spacious and well equipped.

The overriding philosophy of the Music Department is to encourage students to support one another and not be afraid to join in and try something new.

Ongoing skills

Prep 1

Play & perform in solo and ensemble contexts, sing and play musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. Improvise and compose music and listen to music with attention to detail. Appreciate and understand music from other cultures.

Prep 2

Play & perform in solo and ensemble contexts, sing and play musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. Improvise and compose music and listen to music with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. Use and understand staff and treble clef. Appreciate and understand music from other cultures and traditions.

Prep 3

Play & perform in solo and ensemble contexts, sing and play musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. Improvise and compose music and listen to music with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. Use and understand staff and other musical notation. Appreciate and understand music from other cultures, traditions and great composers.

Prep 4

Play & perform in solo and ensemble contexts, sing and play musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. Improvise and compose music and listen to music with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory. Use and understand staff and other musical notation. Appreciate and understand music from other cultures, traditions and great composers. Develop an understanding of the History of Music.

 

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