Music flourishes at Holme Grange School. All children are encouraged to learn a musical instrument and there are frequent concerts throughout the year.
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The Director of Music is assisted by many visiting instrumental teachers and children are prepared for Associated Board examinations. Every week over 100 pupils have individual music lessons for instruments such as piano, guitar, drums, trumpet, flute, ‘cello, and violin.
“The music provision is very good, and it grows their confidence”
Our Choirs attend events such as the Wellington College Prep Schools Choral day where they meet with other schools for a day of Choral music making. Some children also compete in local music festivals such as Woodley and Maidenhead and have acheived numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
The Music department aims to promote the participation in and enjoyment of music throughout the school in the following ways.
- Class music lessons provide an opportunity for learning, creativity and performance. Pupils engage in singing, instrumental work, listening and composing.
- Visiting teachers make a wide range of instrumental lessons possible, including Music Theory. These are available to Year 2 pupils upwards.
- Associated Board music exams take place termly and can give a focus to instrumental learning. Around 80 exams were taken during the last academic year.
- All pupils are encouraged to participate in a thriving programme of extra-curricular activities including two Choirs, a Junior and Senior Band, a Duet Club and Recorder Ensemble,
- Weekly singing practice encourages every pupil to make a positive contribution to assemblies and annual events.
- in Y3 all pupils learn the violin as part of the music curriculum
- In Y4 the pupils continue with strings for one term before progressing to the flute and clarinet for one term each
- One year group learns to play and perform Asian Gamalan, one African Drumming and one Samba, giving a cultural element to the music curriculum and enriching the provision across the school.
ANNUAL MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS
- Harvest Festival
- Pre-Prep Musical Nativity Play
- Prep School Christmas Concert
- Christmas Carol Service
- School Play
- House Music Competition
- Instrumental Recital
- Summer Concert
MUSICAL VISITS AND TRIPS
- Attending Orchestral and Choral workshops at neighbouring schools
- Maidenhead and Woodley Festivals – individual and choir entries
- Participation in Royal School of Church Music summer choral event
- Informal choral/instrumental performances in local community – eg residential homes
- Proposed visit to The Barbican for a ‘Discovery’ concert given by the LS