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 any pupil of any standard has the opportunity to play or sing a solo whether they have their music lessons in or out of school.
The 28 members of the Visiting Music Staff give 350 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 girls taking ABRSM examinations and our average of 123/150 is significantly higher than the national average.
As well as the popular Music at Lunchtime events there are regular formal evening concerts, sometimes in the splendid setting of St Joseph’s Church. We pride ourselves in being able to provide a stimulating musical environment for the most able as well as those at an elementary level. Some of our musicians attend the Junior Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Royal College of Music. We have many girls in prestigious orchestras outside of school such as the ‘National Youth Orchestra’, ‘National Children’s Orchestra’ and the ‘London Schools Symphony Orchestra’. For those girls wishing to pursue their music to a higher level post school, we have regularly had girls being awarded Choral and Instrumental scholarships to university including Oxford and Cambridge.
One of the Music School’s highlights are the foreign tours undertaken to Venice, Vienna, Boston and Madrid, Toledo and Segovia. Each of these tours has been a fantastic experience for our girls performing in places such as St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the Stephansdom in Vienna, or William Ellery Channing’s church in Arlington Street, Boston.
In spite of the pandemic, Music has thrived in the past year, though it has looked very different with the creation of many smaller ensembles for each year group to protect the ‘bubble’ system. Large concerts could not happen and most performing was done in front of a year group audience, filmed and made available for the wider Channing community. During the school closure periods we had a complete series of ‘Music at Anytime’ recitals where many pupils sent in recordings of themselves playing and singing to backing tracks created by teachers. Small ensemble music also continued to thrive with students recording their individual parts to a ‘click track’ with teachers ‘producing’ the resulting ensemble.
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.
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.