The culture for music making at King’s House School is both vibrant and pervasive. The Music Department is committed to providing a stimulating and challenging all-round music education, whilst identifying and nurturing each boy’s talents, to maximise their musical potential.
All boys from Nursery to Year 8 participate in weekly music lessons, which take place in our well-equipped Music Rooms. We also ensure that all boys have access to high-quality individual tuition on a variety of instruments and we work with a team of peripatetic teachers to achieve this. The instruments on offer include piano, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, electric guitar, drum kit and voice
There is a colourful array of extracurricular musical activities on offer and we encourage all boys to engage with music in the world around them and to maintain a sense of curiosity and open-mindedness towards various musical styles.
In recent years, boys have been successful in securing Music Scholarships and Awards to future schools.
Our music curriculum enables boys to develop their skills in creativity, music theory, music appreciation and performance, whilst exploring a broad variety of topics and experiences. We run introductory lessons on recorder, ukulele and violin as part of our class music lessons and the teachers in the Music Department are experienced at identifying where boys show aptitude for a particular instrument.
The standard of choral singing is excellent and, through participation in our many choirs, the boys have plenty of opportunity to develop vocally, from membership of the Year 1 Singing Club, right through to our elite Chamber Choir in the Senior Department.
For Junior boys, we offer both String and Recorder Ensembles, whilst in the Senior Department the variety of groups includes a Brass Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Senior String Ensemble and Senior Orchestra, not to mention four highly popular Rock Bands.
A rich variety of opportunities to perform is offered throughout the School with Tea and Breakfast Concerts taking place several times each term. The School runs an annual Singing Competition and Choral Concert in October, numerous Nativity performances in the Nursery and Junior Departments, the Senior Department Carol Service, Spring Concerts, Rock Band Night and our outdoor Summer Music Concert which takes place at the Sports Grounds.
Our programme for musical enrichment also includes trips to hear concerts given by leading orchestras and ensembles; workshops given in school by professional musicians; collaboration with external groups such as the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra; international Choir Tours, as well as participation in local music festivals and celebrations. Our hope is to promote a life-long enthusiasm and passion for the subject, both as future music-makers and music-lovers.