The children begin their musical experience in the Nursery where they develop an awareness of sounds through child initiated play and with a specialist music teacher. In Reception, they are introduced to pitch, rhythm, sound, singing, listening and using percussion. The National Curriculum programmes of study form the basis of the music teaching in school. All classes have a music lesson every week with a specialist music teacher which includes developing the children’s voice and singing. Recorder tuition is given as an additional lesson in Year 2. Instrumental tuition can be arranged on request for children in the Junior department.
Music forms an integral part of life at Manor Lodge through lessons and assemblies. Each year the children are involved in a range of performances starting in Nursery and Reception with the Nativity Shows and culminating in Year 6 with a large scale musical production performed over four nights at the local theatre. There are also two major concerts as well as a Music Festival each year.
Specialist Music Lessons
There are seven peripatetic music teachers offering tuition, either individually or in groups, on the following instruments:
Viola, Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon, Cornet, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, Acoustic Guitar and Piano.
Children are entered for external examinations in The Associated Board, Trinity College of Music and Guildhall School of Music syllabuses. They are also encouraged to play in informal concerts, end of term concerts and assemblies. Where appropriate, the music department prepares Year 6 children for Music Scholarships.