The Music Department is a buzzing and exciting part of the school where we nurture, foster and encourage potential. Throughout the year, there are many musical opportunities to challenge and stimulate our girls, as well as for them to enjoy.
We have a comprehensive and systematic curriculum in place which includes ukulele and recorder playing. All girls in Key Stage 2 sing in the school choir and Key Stage 1 girls have the opportunity to take part in a string group experience. We also provide extensive extra-curricular activities with our dedicated and specialist team of Visiting Music Staff. Ensembles include brass, woodwind, strings, and the challenging, vocal ensemble. Almost half of all Junior School girls enjoy weekly one-to-one music tuition and celebrate examination success with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music. Year 6 pupils often secure places in the National Children’s Orchestra and at specialist Saturday morning music schools.
Every girl who learns an instrument, whether in school or externally, is given numerous opportunities to perform. These range from Form Assemblies, Music Assemblies, Christmas Productions, the Upper KS2 Production, and the Spring Concert. Girls are also invited to play music each week in our whole school assembly.
There are many ensembles to participate in: Year 1 and 2 String Group, Wind Band, Brass Ensemble, Fairseat Orchestra; and, for the more experienced musicians, the Spears Vocal Ensemble and Spears String Ensemble. There are weekly rehearsals for girls in the KS2 choir and numerous opportunities for them to perform regularly.