Music is a vibrant and major part of school life. It is taught in half-class and whole-class groups in the Pre-Prep and Prep School, plus a year-group singing lesson in the Pre-Prep.

The emphasis is very much on the practical, with a wide variety of instrumental resources being used to develop performing, composing, listening and appraising skills, with a different topic being explored every term. The recorder is taught as part of the curriculum in Years 3 and 4, along with the basics of notation and theory. Singing, together with related actions and movement is especially central to the curriculum, and are also shared in whole-school singing once a week at both the Pre-Prep and Prep School.

In the Prep School, many pupils also have private individual instrumental lessons from a choice of the following: Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, French horn, Guitar, Harp, Percussion, Oboe, Piano, Recorder, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin and Voice. Year 2 are offered group instrumental lessons in piano, cello, flute and violin.

Weekly music activities include:

Prep School

  • Aural clubs
  • Concert Band
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Junior Choir
  • Orchestra
  • Percussion Club
  • Recorder Consort
  • Senior Choir
  • Junior Strings
  • String Orchestra
  • Theory Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Reed Club
  • Composing Club
  • Junior Piano Club


  • Music Club
  • String Group

Pupils have many opportunities to perform, whether at formal occasions such as evening concerts and plays, or more informally at assemblies and after school concerts. Many also choose to attend JASSPA, James Allen's Saturday School for the Performing Arts.

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