There is a flourishing Music Department at Manor Lodge School. We have three choirs, Infant (years 1-2), Junior (years 3-4) and Senior (years 5-6). They meet weekly and sing in the Harvest Festival and at concerts in the Autumn Term and Summer Term. The school orchestra currently has forty members including a large string section, woodwind, brass and percussion. The repertoire includes arrangements of classical music and more contemporary music. A selection of advanced players, mostly from years 5-6, is invited each year to join the Manor Lodge Jazz Band. The Band plays music from traditional jazz to blues and arrangements of pop classics. Both the Jazz band and Orchestra play in the concerts at the end of the Autumn and Summer terms.
All children in year 2 learn to play the recorder. Pupils from year 3 upwards are invited to join the recorder club where they can improve their skills and learn to play the treble recorder if they wish.
At the end of each half-term we hold an Informal Concert where pupils can perform a piece of music that they have prepared with their instrumental teacher.
In the Spring Term, there is a Music Festival in which pupils are encouraged to perform and gain a place in the final of the Manor Lodge Young Musician of the Year.
Pupils from year 2 present a performance of Words and Music in the summer term and pupils in year 6 produce a musical at a local theatre after their exams have finished.
Individual instrumental lessons are taught by visiting teachers and pupils may choose to learn percussion, piano, trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola or guitar. These lessons are charged for separately. String, brass and woodwind ensembles are run by the instrumental staff.
Children who learn an instrument outside school are also encouraged to participate in all of these activities:
- Extra-curricular musical activities
- Infant Choir, Junior Choir, Senior Choir
- Jazz Band
- Recorder Groups
- Brass, String and Woodwind ensembles
We have frequent visits from musicians in school, usually starting off the academic year with a musical workshop for all the school featuring African drumming, Caribbean or Gamelan music. In the Spring term there are woodwind, brass and string workshops and Year 5 visit Aldenham Church for an organ workshop in the Autumn term. We have also had a visit from the St. Albans Rehearsal Orchestra who played alongside our own school orchestra in a concert for pupils.
RECORDER CLUB includes descant and treble recorders giving those children interested in music the chance to develop their interest further.
We have seven peripatetic music teachers offering tuition, either individually or in groups, in the following instruments:-
Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, French Horn, Saxophone, Cornet, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar and Percussion.
Children are entered for external examinations in the Associated Board, Trinity College of Music, and Guildhall School of Music syllabuses.