Music

Music is ‘live’ across the whole School. A big part of our lives, music enhances and supports every single one of us. It improves our cognitive abilities in many different ways and also enriches our learning experience across the curriculum.

The Music department at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall offers all children the opportunity to develop their musical skills and to become involved in music in a practical way. The School has an established tradition of musical excellence. Music is taught to all pupils at the School and involves lots of practical music-making, including – composing, listening and performance.

Pupils throughout the School are offered the opportunity to sign up for individual Music lessons which take place on a rotation in school time and include recorder, guitar, drums, piano, voice, clarinet, saxophone, violin and cello. The Choirs in both Pre-Prep and Prep rehearse regularly in preparation for a variety of performance events throughout the year. The annual Bullard Cup House Music Competition is a great opportunity for the whole School to come together and for pupils to showcase their skills and dedication to music. In addition to School concerts, pupils also relish opportunities to perform within the community. Magna Voce and our Woodwind Ensemble performed at the Norfolk County Music Festival,

In the Pre-Prep and Prep School pupils enjoy listening to our Composer of the Month and are also encouraged to recognise how the music or composer has particular links to different subject areas.

Prep school pupils 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 range of instruments encourages pupils to think not only about notation, rhythms and a range 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. After this, pupils enjoy demonstrating their learning through technology, in particular, GarageBand. This ensures pupils have a deep and embedded understanding of techniques covered and their learning is spread across a range of forms.

The purpose-built music block is well equipped with percussion instruments, African drums, keyboards and 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.

Ten visiting instrumental specialists provide tuition on a wide range of instruments. These lessons are carefully timetabled during the school day to avoid disruption to other school work. Tuition is also provided for music theory, music scholarship class, individual or shared tuition with instrumental specialists.

Pupils receive progress and target reports and regularly work towards practical and music theory examinations (there is a 100% pass rate ABRSM and Rock School), and soloists and ensembles are encouraged to take part in music festivals.

As pupils reach a confident level of performance, they are encouraged to join ensembles and to perform in concerts and morning assemblies. Performance opportunities are offered via a variety of School ensembles including the following: Brass Ensemble, Cello Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Neat Beatz, Samba Band, Woodwind Group, Ukulele Orchestra, Rock Bands, Pop Brands, String Orchestra, Recorder Groups, Pre-Prep Choir, Prep Choir and Magna Voce. In addition, a comprehensive programme of optional extra-curricular activities aid further development as well as links with the Drama department within the School.

Tuition is provided on the following instruments:
Flute, Recorder, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon, Violin, Cello, Double bass, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Guitar, Drum kit, Percussion, Singing.

Note: pupils interested in receiving individual music lessons will receive a FREE trial lesson after which lessons can be arranged with the relevant tutor.

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

Visiting Tutors

  • Wendy Bailey- LTCL, ATCL, Cert. Ed.: Clarinet/Brass
  • Phil Davison – BSc, Grade 8 Distinction, Rockschool Drums: Drum Kit
  • Andrew Dodd – BA (Hons): Bass Guitar and Piano
  • Christine Godfrey – NTC Dip, Dip. ABRSM: Woodwind
  • Kayleigh Simpson – BA (Hons) : Cello
  • Paul Hill – Grade 8 guitar, RGT registered, London College of Music examiner; LLCM and FLCM
  • 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 Pulin  – CTABRSM, BA Hons: Double Bass and String Bass