Music Technology on offer

This year we can now offer individual lessons in music technology which is an exciting development. These are given by our electric guitar teacher who is not only an experienced song writer himself but also runs a recording studio where he has worked with Thin Lizzy, Polly Paulusma and the Jools Holland bassist Keith Wilkinson.  Lessons will cover all areas of music production, including composing, programming, recording, editing and mixing.



Songwriting workshop


We were delighted to welcome Neil Cowlan into school to run a songwriting workshop for Years 8 and 9. As a professional songwriter and session guitarist he was able to give them some really clear and practical guidelines which they then had the chance to try out on GarageBand.

Come & Play Day

There was a real buzz across the Junior School for the Come & Play Day when children had the opportunity to get up close and personal to a range of musical instruments. Our team of visiting instrumental teachers led small group workshop sessions on guitar, flute, clarinet, sax, drums, violin, cello and electric guitar. Even some staff couldn’t resist the chance to have a go!

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Summer Arts Celebration

One of the high points of the summer term – an evening of music, drama and art held in Emmanuel United Reformed Church involving Infants, Juniors and Seniors, as well as staff and parents. There was a wide range of solos and group performances, as well as a preview of the Year 5 & 6 production of Macbeth and appearances from Minstrels and Sancton Wood Singers.

Summer Term Highlights

The term began with an inspiring electric guitar demo from our new visiting instrumental teacher, Neil Cowlan:

Year 7 were working on call and response melodies over a repeating chord pattern. Here are some of their renditions of ‘Mr Bean’s Tune’:

Year 8 looked at theme & variation and they came up with some lovely alternative takes on well known melodies such as Happy birthday and Twinkle, twinkle little star.


Music inspired by stories

Music inspired by a story provided the focus for the next year 8 composing assignment. After listening to part of Berlioz’s Fantastic Symphony which the composer subtitled ‘Episode in the Life of an Artist’, they read the chilling account of how the monster comes to life in Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. This was the inspiration for their music which you can see performed below: