extra-curricular music
extra-curricular music

Music

The Music School provides a friendly, enthusiastic and stimulating environment in which musical excellence is encouraged and celebrated. We help our students develop their musical potential and respond to a variety of musical challenges. Students are given the opportunity to perform individually and in ensembles – irrespective of age or musical ability.

Our facilities are fabulous and include 13 practice/teaching rooms. Often all rooms are in use, and the place literally ‘buzzes’ with musical activity, even as early as 8 o’clock in the morning! All our rooms are equipped with high quality upright pianos, mainly Yamaha or Kawai models. Our fully soundproofed percussion studio is a superb place for our rock bands to make music and, for those interested in technology, our Music Technology room is equipped with 25 iMacs and full-size Yamaha keyboards. Each week, we have 27 co-curricular musical activities from Theory Club to Jazz Band and on most Fridays, we have ‘Music at Lunchtime’, in which pupils of any standard have the opportunity to play or sing a solo, whether they have their music lessons in or out of school.

The 30 members of the Visiting Music Staff give 400 individual lessons each week. Many of these teachers are performers in their own right. Some are ABRSM examiners, others play in or have led major national orchestras such as the Philharmonia and others have written popular tutor books for their instruments. Their expertise is invaluable and inspires our girls to ever greater achievements.

Each year, we have approaching 200 students taking ABRSM examinations and our average of 123/150 is significantly higher than the national average. The Channing Music brochure details the 35 musical events that take place throughout the year, including regular formal evening concerts.

We pride ourselves in being able to provide a stimulating musical environment for the most able as well as those at an elementary level. We have a number of musicians that attend the four junior departments of the main London conservatoires and play in prestigious orchestras outside of school such as the National Youth Orchestra, National Children’s Orchestra, National Youth Brass Band and the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. Past pupils have led the NYO and in recent years almost 50% of our A level students have gone on to study music at a variety of universities and colleges, though Oxbridge, Durham and Leeds tend to be the most popular.

One of the Music School’s highlights are the foreign tours undertaken. Our inaugural trip in 2009 was to Venice followed by 2011 to Vienna, 2013 to Boston, 2015 to Madrid/Segovia/Toledo and Lisbon in 2017. We returned to Venice again in October 2019 and in 2021 we are looking forward to our forthcoming tour to Croatia. Each tour sees us performing in prestigious, historic venues such as St Mark’s Basilica and the Schonbrunn Palace.

Music Scholarships are awarded to talented young musicians wishing to enter the school at Year 7 and Year 12. Scholarships are worth up to 50% of the fees plus free tuition on one instrument.

Do check out the concerts page to listen to recordings of all our concerts on Soundcloud from the past few years.

Peter Boxall, Director of Music.

Music Tuition Request

Music Tuition for Senior School Pupils – £390 per term per instrument
You can submit a request for music tuition for your daughter by filling out the form below. However, please read the following carefully before doing so.

PLEASE NOTE:

For tuition starting in September 2021, the Music School will guarantee lesson availability for all forms received by Friday 14th May 2021.

Forms received after that date will be subject to tutor availability and your daughter may be placed on a waiting list.

Individual lessons are 35 minutes in length and in Years 7-10 are organised on a rota. Students come out of timetabled lessons to have individual music lessons and are expected to make up any work missed. Lessons rotate from week to week to avoid missing the same subject each time.

There will be thirty lessons during the school year, however, more lessons take place in the Autumn term than the Summer due to the uneven length of each term. Lessons missed because of illness will, if possible, be made up at a later date at the discretion of the tutor. Absence for any other reason requires a full week’s notice to the tutor and Director of Music in order for the timetable to be adjusted, otherwise no refund can be made.

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 who request singing (voice) lessons are expected to join the Conabor Choir and attend practice on Fridays from 3.20pm to 4.10pm.

Instruments may be hired or bought directly from a list of approved agents. Advice will be provided about this.

Lessons are given on the understanding that no other individual tuition is received on that instrument as teaching styles are often not complementary.

Changes in tuition require at least a term’s notice in writing; otherwise a full term’s fees will be payable in lieu of notice.

Prior to their first lesson, all new pupils will receive notification of the time, date, room and the name of their new teacher. For the Autumn Term these will be distributed during the first few days of the Autumn Term by Form Tutors.