Music is a great strength of the school; it is taught throughout the age range by a specialist teacher. Children start music making from the earliest age with a variety of fun activities – action games, singing, and percussion work.
The subject is approached in a creative and lively way; listening, composing and performing form the basis of the work undertaken.
Pupils are given an insight into music from different times and places as well as a solid foundation in music theory; many choose to work towards the Associated Board exams.
The learning of a musical instrument is seen as an important skill: the recorder is started at the end of Key Stage 1, when pupils are about six years old and is continued through the upper years. Individual instrumental lessons are provided by a team of highly qualified specialist teachers; high standards are achieved and excellent results obtained.
Group music making features strongly in the school. The children have many opportunities to experience this aspect of playing throughout Key Stage 2, with opportunities to take part in Recorder groups, the Flute Choir, the Clarinet Group, the Guitar Group and the Ensemble.
Singing is an important part of school life; all children sing as part of their curriculum music and as part of one of our two choirs in Key Stage 2.
Our music is regularly taken into the wider community; the children take an active part in Festivals, perform regularly at local nursing homes and enjoy playing at the local band stand. More recently Westville Has introduced the Community Big Sing, inviting many local schools to join them for workshops and a concert.
Music plays an integral part in the life at Westville House, the children perform regularly during Assembly and at other services throughout the year – Harvest Festival Celebrations, Christmas Carol Services, Chamber Concerts, Musicals and Palm Court Tea Concerts are amongst our numerous calendar events. The ethos of our music making is that it is for the whole school. There is definitely something for everyone musically at Westville House!