Music is a fundamental part of life in the Junior School.
All the year groups have one Music lesson each week with the Junior School Music teacher where they cover a wide range of topics including listening to a range of different composers and learning to read, play and compose music. All the elements of music are explored.
Singing is an important part of the school community and takes place every day. Hymns are sung during the weekly assembly and new songs are introduced during class lessons and singing practices and often have a curriculum focus.
In addition to the classroom Music lessons, a range of specialist teachers provide individual tuition on all the orchestral instruments: strings, woodwind, brass and percussion and in piano, singing, guitar and drum kit. Lessons are not at a set time but take place throughout the day on a rotating timetable. Learning an instrument is actively encouraged and a significant number of children take this opportunity in School.
There is a full timetable of extra-curricular music activities and these take place both at lunchtime and after school. They include the Junior School Orchestra, Violin Group, and Ocarina Club, Junior School Chamber Choir, Junior School Band, Samba Band and Lower Junior Singing for Years 1-3.
The music ensembles are given the opportunity to perform throughout the year, whether this is at a dedicated recital, a School Assembly or part of other events such as Junior School Arts Week. The more talented performers may be invited to join the Senior School ensembles.