Music is taught from Reception to Year 6 by specialist music teachers. Boys are encouraged to take part in a wide range of events, concerts and instrumental performances throughout the year.
We celebrate and encourage boys at every level of their musical journey, from those with outstanding musical ability to those who are just starting to learn a musical instrument.
Individual instrumental tuition is available on the following instruments: Violin, Recorder, Piano, Percussion (including Drum Kit) from Year 2; Viola, Cello, Guitar (Acoustic, Electric, Bass), Clarinet, Trumpet, Mini Bassoon, Double Bass from Year 3; Flute, Oboe, Saxophone (Soprano/Alto), French Horn, Trombone, Cornet from Year 4; and Bassoon, Singing (Voice) from Year 5. This service is provided by peripatetic Music Teachers.
There are ample opportunities for boys to perform during class lessons, as part of group composition work, at assemblies and Prep Schools concerts, as part of school productions, at external competitions, and at the annual Prize Giving. Singing is a central part of the Music curriculum, which is modelled after the Kodály Method. The School is very proud of the standard of its choirs, and every boy is a member of a choir, which performs.
There are also many ensemble groups that individual musicians can join, including:
- Prep Guitar Ensemble
- Prep Percussion Ensemble
- Prep String Ensemble
- Prep Brass Ensemble
- Junior String Quartet (by invitation only)
- Prep Chamber Ensemble (by invitation only)
- Prep Upper Choir (Years 5 and 6)
- Prep Lower Choir (Years 3 and 4)
- Prep Infant Choir (Years 1 and 2)
- Prep Chamber Choir (Years 3 – 6 by audition)
Prep Instrumental Programme
As part of a ground-breaking programme, all pupils in Years 3 and 4 learn an orchestral instrument during the Autumn Term. Year 3 can choose between violin and cello, and Year 4 have a choice of trumpet, trombone or French horn. Specialist teachers deliver instruction in groups, and the classes combine at the end of the Autumn Term for an Instrumental Programme Showcase.
In the Spring Term, boys may opt to continue learning their instrument in smaller groups with the same specialist staff. Many go on to take up individual tuition on their chosen instrument from the Summer Term onwards, and as a consequence are invited to join the Junior and Prep String and Brass Ensembles to help develop their skills even further.
The Prep Instrumental Programme has been generously funded by the Surbiton High Parents' Association, whose donations have enabled the purchase of a large number of instruments and books.
- Mr Christopher Wray, Head of Preparatory Schools' Music
- Mrs Priya Wilson, Teacher of Music
- Miss Wei Wei Tan (Violin)
- Miss Charlotte Eksteen (Cello)
- Mr Andre Canniere (Trumpet)
- Mr Nicholas Ireson (French Horn)