All pupils make the most of specialist-taught class lessons which provide a broad variety of music-making opportunities. The main priorities are to open pupils' minds to different musical cultures, to provide them with a range of instrumental skills and to offer regular opportunities for them to compose and perform.
Individual tuition is available on many different instruments: strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, keyboard and voice. For a full current list, please ask in the Junior School office.
The school offers exceptional scope for extra-curricular music-making, including Choir, Orchestra and Samba Band. In school, performance opportunities include Chapel services, Tea-Time Concerts, Sharing Assemblies and the annual Talent Show. Pupils also perform in the Thanet Festival (where many prizes have been achieved in recent years), the Dickens Festival and, in collaboration with other schools, at musical events in London, at venues such as the Barbican and the O2 Arena.
Concert trips, recitals and workshops regularly enhance pupils' experience, and cross-curricular events ensure that connections are made between music and other aspects of their education.
Opportunities for drama and role-play are regularly woven into children's classroom learning, especially in English lessons. Drama is also a regular feature of Enrichment Days, Sharing Assemblies and of children's extra-curricular experience. Lower School children all enjoy the Nativity Play, and older pupils are able to participate in an ambitious annual stage production.
The Schools 500-seat theatre offers an exceptional venue for drama for pupils of all ages throughout the College.