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Music is a wonderful part of life at Aldwickbury, with opportunities in our private school music curriculum for any boy to become involved at a level appropriate to his age and level of ability. 

All classes from Reception to Year 8 have classroom music lessons with a specialist teacher. Singing is used extensively, as it is the most fundamental and accessible means of making music in class groups, and all classes from Reception to Year 6 are guaranteed at least one performance opportunity each year through year group productions and celebrations of learning.

In the Pre-Prep department, heavy emphasis is put on learning the fundamental musical concepts of pitch, dynamics, rhythm and tempo, focusing on enjoyment of, and participation in, music as a group activity. 

  • Year 3 spend the first two terms learning the violin as a class, to give all boys the opportunity to experience the physicality of creating sound with an instrument. Year 4 study a wide range of world music, from African drumming to European folk music, from Indonesian gamelan to early Blues music. A wide variety of percussion instruments including a class set of xylophones and djembe drums are introduced for class ensemble work, composition and basic improvisation skills, with a particular focus on structure, timbre and texture.
  • Year 5 focus heavily on the opportunities for using technology to create music, working extensively on the suite of computers to gain a good level of understanding of music production software. These skills are used heavily during the following three years. Projects designed to gain competence on the software are assessed from a variety of musical standpoints, relating everything back to the fundamental musical concepts studied in previous years.
  • Years 6 to 8 participate in a three-year Music History programme including the study of musical works spanning the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century period, finishing with a study of the origins of modern ‘pop’ music and a chance to compose music to accompany a modern-day film trailer. The course includes class performing, individual and small group composition and improvisation skills, as well as a focus on how the music of the time fitted in with the cultural and social changes occurring at the time.
Aldwickbury School Recorder Playing
Aldwickbury School Music Concert
Aldwickbury School Piano Playing
Boy sitting at computer with headphones on using music editing software
Boy in a Music Class standing behind sheet music
Two Boys in Music Class at Aldwickbury School
Boy in purple uniform playing the trumpet
Boy sitting down drumming looking to the left
Boy playing Violin at Aldwickbury School
Boy playing Violin at Aldwickbury School
Boy playing Violin at Aldwickbury School
Boy Playing Violin at Aldwickbury School