Music is a thriving subject at The Elms. All children, from Years 4 – 8, have a music lesson once a week, (in Year 4 twice) and the majority of children learn at least one instrument, during classroom time, on a rotational timetable. We have peripatetic teachers offering every instrument imagineable from piano to bagpipes with everything in between. Every step is taken to ensure the children fit in as much practice as possible during break times and after breakfast.
The emphasis in the classroom is on practical music making, including composition and performance. There are constant opportunities for the children to perform to a wider audience, from the intimate Class Concerts to the Spring Concert which traditionallyinvolves every child in the school, not to mention the fiercely contested annual House Music Competition. This builds confidence when standing up in front of others: a key componement of an Elms’ education.
Children can take singing and instrumental exams termly with The Associated Board or Rock School and by Year 8, some are ready to either sit for a Music Scholarship or add
Music as part of an All-Rounder Scholarship. Children have the opportunity to belong to two Choirs and four bands, run by the Head of Music and peripatetic staff and rehearsals take place during Rest.
Outside school, outings have included trips to hear City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, participating in a 400th anniversary concert at Cardiff Millennium Centre with Monmouth School, attending workshops at Senior Schools and local Chandos Orchestra concerts at Malvern Theatre.
Vicky Henderson, Head of Music