Music at Marlborough House plays an integral part in school life and the emphasis is very much on having fun whilst learning. Every child is encouraged to take pleasure in, and develop their appreciation of a variety of musical genres through performing, composing, listening and appraising and all musical opportunities we offer are tailored to suit all abilities.
Informal Concerts are held each half of term and larger scale events such as our Christmas and Summer Concerts and year group musicals and productions enable the children to think big and delight our audiences of parents and friends. The children also perform outside of school, putting on concerts at local Churches, the Wealden Fair and at the Cottage Hospital. Opportunities to compete in music festivals and national events are wonderful opportunities for particularly gifted children to access wider circles of passionate musicians.
Music in the younger years is delivered through both song and dance in a practical and cross-curricular way. Emphasis is placed on listening skills and an understanding of pulse through musical games, action songs and through studying well known pieces of music.
Many pupils take part in the choir and learn musical instruments; each year a considerable number of pupils achieve distinction and merit awards in instrumental music examinationsisi report june 2015
A team of professional musicians work as peripatetic teachers and offer instrumental lessons in percussion, electric guitar, all the orchestral instruments, classical guitar, piano, harp and voice. A number of extra-curricular clubs such as our Rock Band, String Group, Wind Band, Brass Ensemble, Orchestra and four choirs (Junior, Senior, Boys and Chamber) take place throughout the school year.
In music we encourage everyone to participate. The children enjoy making music themselves but they also learn to assess and appreciate other music, whether it is that of a classmate or accomplished professional. Exceptionally gifted children are given extra support and guidance, as are those who need help in recognising their skills and to steadily improve them.
In the Prep School singing is at the heart of class lessons as well as developing knowledge of music theory and the musical elements (e.g. structure, dynamics, timbre, tempo and texture). Composers, orchestral instruments, world music and the history of western music are introduced as topics. Keyboards and music software are used along with classroom percussion and the children’s own musical instruments, for experimentation, improvisation and composition.