Queen’s College is well known for its excellence in the performing and creative arts and there is a strong musical tradition in the School. In the curriculum, class music includes performing, listening, composing and discussion, with music theory introduced into lessons where appropriate. Pupils are encouraged to extend their music in class and to further their enjoyment and performance skills by taking part in extra-curricular musical activities, school productions and concerts.
We have a wide variety of instrumental players here at Queen’s and offer tuition for all the major instruments ranging from the clarinet, piano and trumpet to guitar, voice and drums.
There are over 20 peripatetic music teachers who offer one-to-one teaching to a high standard and instrumentalists are entered into the Royal School of Music or Trinity College grade exams. Talented musicians are encouraged to apply for Year 6, 7, 9 or 12 music scholarships.
A wide range of musical groups are also on offer in the Junior School and in any one week orchestra, jazz band, string group, two recorder groups, Senior Choir (Years 5 and 6) and Junior Choir (Years 3 and 4) are all busy rehearsing.
Performance opportunities are also plentiful. There are lunchtime concerts held every term as well as whole school services which incorporate musical items. We have music assemblies and the end of the academic year is marked by a large concert with the Junior and Pre-Prep pupils performing in the impressive setting of the Queen’s Hall.
In addition, school productions involve pupils from all years in a joint drama and musical venture on a large scale and other more informal performances, such as concerts, are given in the local community.
Music at Queen’s College Junior School is inclusive and involves every pupil who wishes to take part, without audition. The majority of pupils play at least one musical instrument. In addition, the children are encouraged to come to listen to the groups rehearsing and to support their friends.