Over 400 individual music lessons and rehearsals for 15 regular weekly ensembles take place each week. Pupils are supported in their preparation for solo performances, and the Department also offers the chance to enter ABRSM music exams each term, as well as annual entries for RockSchool exams and LCM Music Theatre exams.
Our large team of specialist teachers offers the following lessons:
- Strings: Violin, Viola, ‘Cello, Double Bass, Harp
- Woodwind: Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Recorder
- Brass: Trumpet, Cornet, Euphonium, Horn, Trombone, Tuba
- Percussion & Drums: full range
- Guitar: Acoustic, Bass, Classical & Electric
- Piano & Organ
Standard music lessons last 35 minutes, though more advanced students often take extended lessons.
The School offers discounted tuition to pupils once they have achieved a Merit or Distinction in an ABRSM Practical Grade 6 and above, and have also passed Grade 5 theory. The discount rates are as follows:
Grade 6 (50% discount);
Grade 7 (75% discount);
Grade 8 (100% discount).
Pupils who received subsidised tuition will be expected to continue their good progress, practise regularly, and make a strong musical contribution in School ensembles (or chamber music/accompanying/duet playing in the case of pianists). Individual music teachers are experienced in recommending when pupils are ready for the musical and technical demands of higher grade exams.