Music

Music is ‘live’ across the whole School. A big part of our lives, music enhances and supports every single one of us.

An enriching experience

The School has an established tradition of musical excellence and Music is taught to all pupils at the School. It involves lots of practical music-making, including – composing, listening and performance. Music improves our cognitive abilities in many different ways and also enriches our learning experience across the curriculum.  From Pre-Prep to Prep, pupils enjoy listening to our Composer of the Month whilst being encouraged to recognise how the music or composer has particular links to different subject areas.

Developing a deep understanding of techniques

We cover a range of activities in Music lessons. The basics of Music Theory are vital to music learning and children access this in fun and practical ways. Access to a variety of instruments encourages pupils to think not only about notation, rhythms and a mixture of musical devices, but it also highlights the importance of respect and care for instruments. The theory side of music is covered first and then access to instruments, involving composition and musical games. This ensures pupils have a deep and embedded understanding of techniques covered and their learning is spread across a range of forms. Pupils really enjoy demonstrating their learning through technology, in particular, GarageBand.

The purpose-built music block is well equipped and include comfortable practice rooms. Pupils use ICT to enhance their study of music and they notate their compositions using Sibelius software as well as our iMac recording and composing equipment.

Additional lessons, choirs and performance opportunities

Pupils throughout the School have the opportunity to sign up for additional individual Music tuition which take place on a rotation in school time and include oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, piano, guitar, voice, drums, violin, cello and double bass. These are provided by our talented team of visiting instrumental specialists who can prepare pupils for practical ABRSM and Rock School examinations (100% pass rate) as well as music theory and music scholarship aspirations. Pupils interested in receiving individual music lessons will receive a FREE trial lesson after which lessons can be arranged with the relevant tutor.

The Choirs in both Pre-Prep and Prep rehearse regularly in preparation for a variety of performance events throughout the year. Weekly morning music assemblies, soirées, string ensemble, woodwind ensemble, rock band, Neat Beatz and the annual Bullard Cup House Music Competition with its Instrumental and Composition strands are all examples of the abundance of opportunities available for pupils to showcase their talent as well as all the hard work that has gone into these behind the scenes! A comprehensive programme of optional extra-curricular activities aid further development as well as links with the Drama department within the School.

In addition to this, pupils also relish the scope to perform within the community. Magna Voce and our Woodwind Ensemble regularly perform at the Norfolk County Music Festival, often achieving highly commended awards. The recent performance of Magna Voce at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the ‘Music for Youth Proms 2019’  is another example of wonderful experiences beyond the classroom.

Director of Music: Philippa Briggs, MA Education, PGCE, BA (Hons) in Music, DipABRSM

Visiting Tutors

  • Wendy Bailey- LTCL, ATCL, Cert. Ed.: Brass and Piano
  • Phil Davison – BSc, Grade 8 Distinction, Rockschool Drums: Drum Kit
  • Helen Stowell –  GBSM(Hons), GBSM Performing, PGCE in secondary Music: Cello
  • Christine Godfrey – NTC Dip, Dip. ABRSM: Woodwind and Piano
  • Kayleigh Simpson – BA (Hons) : Cello
  • Paul Hill – Grade 8 guitar, RGT registered, London College of Music examiner; LLCM and FLCM: Guitar
  • Lisa Cassidy – BA (Hons), PG Dip, MMus: Coloratura Soprano – Singing
  • Veronica Wilson – BMus (Hons), LGSM, EPTA Cert. PTC (Distinction)Dip. Music Therapy, ATCL: Piano
  • George Weitz – BA (Hons), M.Mus: Violin and Viola
  • Dave Pullin  – CTABRSM, BA Hons: Double Bass