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, harp, guitar, percussion, piano 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 String Ensemble. 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 at the Broadstairs bandstand and are invited to sing in the local community.
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. Visiting specialists are also invited to the school to widen pupils’ experience.
Opportunities for drama and role-play are regularly woven into children's classroom learning, especially in the English curriculum. Drama is also a regular feature of Enrichment Days, Sharing Assemblies and of children's extra-curricular experience. Pre-Prep children all enjoy the Nativity Play, and Prep pupils are able to participate in an ambitious annual stage production.
The School's 500-seat theatre offers an exceptional venue for drama for pupils of all ages throughout the College.
We also offer additional bookable LAMDA ((London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) lessons and examinations for our Junior pupils
LAMDA lessons help our students to build self-esteem and further reward them with the skills that filter into all aspects of school and home life. They are particularly useful for those who want to improve their spoken English, presentation skills and general levels of self-confidence.
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