Central to the life of the school, with all children music-making every week, and 90% learning an instrument, our aim is to help every pupil feel the joy of music and understand that it is a gift for life.
Music education at Beeston is tailored to the individual, whether it’s the first steps on the piano, adding your beat to a music tech project or helping your child achieve a senior school music scholarship. The lively and positive atmosphere of our Music School provides inspiring opportunities in all aspects of music, including learning an instrument, ensemble playing, rock band jamming, orchestral playing, brass band music making, composition, music technology, 3 different choirs, and endless opportunities for performance.
DID YOU KNOW?
Our purpose-built Music School has teaching rooms with a stage, as well as an ensemble/ recording studio and 10 practice rooms.
CLASS MUSIC LESSONS
All pupils from Pre-Prep to Year 8 have music timetabled on a weekly basis and nearly every pupil either learns an instrument or sings in a choir – most do both. Weekly support is also offered to relevant pupils with aural training, music theory and music scholarship preparation.
Throughout a pupil’s time here, the key focus is on the development of aural skills, using instruments and voice. Pupils are introduced to the concepts of pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo, duration, timbre, texture and beat. They also learn good singing technique, and develop composition and performance skills.
Gifted and talented pupils are taught in a parallel programme to further their development as advanced musicians, and a ‘scholarship’ musicianship group for Years 7 and 8 meet together to enjoy learning beautiful, advanced level music for performance, offering exceptional opportunities as an extension to the existing programme.
Gaining confidence through regular public performance, where children’s contributions are valued and encouraged, enables them to naturally develop their musical abilities and potential. All pupils, regardless of age or level of attainment, are given numerous opportunities to perform both within the school and at outside venues throughout the year, such as The Royal Norfolk Show. There are several concerts each term where ensembles, groups and soloists have the opportunity to sing or play. These vary enormously in style from class and assembly performances to special ‘Tea & Music Concerts’, more formal end of term public concerts and our annual whole school musical.
Some of the trips and events we attend outside school:
Beeston Hall School Percussion Day
This is an annual event, held at the school. Other schools are invited to join us for a day of making music, tuned and un-tuned. Samba, Djembe, Snares, Boomwhackers, are just some of the instruments and styles which are covered during the course of the day. The whole event finishes with a large and loud concert, with each instrument group playing their rehearsed piece before coming together for the grand finale involving all the performers.
Oundle Instrumental Day and Uppingham Orchestral Day
These days are opportunities for our instrumental players to join with fellow musicians to improve their playing and performance. All ages and abilities are catered for, which makes it a very valuable day, particularly for our younger and less experienced musicians.
INDIVIDUAL MUSIC LESSONS
With our dedicated team of 12 visiting specialist teachers are offered in piano, voice, instrumental (everything from French horn to harp), percussion, and music technology.
MUSIC GROUPS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Concert Band – Mrs Howard and Mr Addison. With a play list from Bruno Mars to Queen, our largest ensemble that is able to achieve accomplished performances whilst staying inclusive. It is for Years 4-8, with players currently from Grade 1-6, each playing parts that suit them, whilst fitting into the overall picture. They play every year at the Royal Norfolk Show.
Ensembles are carefully planned around the abilities of each child so that they get maximum enjoyment and inspiration from the sessions.
Chapel Choir represents the school in church, and at services in school, as well as performing at outreach events.
Beeston Singers and Junior Choir. Between these choirs, all children from Pre-Prep to Year 4 are included, along with most children from Years 5 to 8.
Vocal Ensemble with Mrs Worrall – a smaller Senior group who sing in close harmony.
Orchestra with Mrs Kayne – weekly rehearsals preparing for our big end of term concerts and events such as our ‘Picnic and Proms’.
Guitar Ensemble with Mr Durant, playing a variety of styles from classical to blues.
Brass Group with Mr Suter. From trombones to French horns, the band plays regularly at informal performances and the end of term concerts.
Fiddlesticks and String Ensemble with Mrs Cairns, are our junior and senior string groups. A regular feature at our concerts at the end of term.
Scholars’ Group with Mrs Kayne – study, practice support, audition technique and advanced ensemble playing. They give polished performances in the annual Scholars’ Concert.
Percussion Ensemble with Mr Addison – featuring junior and senior players, playing a mixture of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments.
Rock Bands, Junior and Senior with Mr Farnell – a fun, after-school activity playing electric guitars, drums and keyboards together.
Samba Band with Mr Addison. Beeston with a bang! Pupils learn to lead the group and to work as a team to create improvised rhythms and beats audiences can’t resist at concerts and the Norfolk Show.
Beeston All-Stars with Mrs Howard – our new Pre-Prep band. Using instruments specially designed for younger groups we learn to play our instruments and follow the conductor.
Aural classes with Mrs Howard to prepare for ABRSM and Trinity music exams.
DID YOU KNOW?
Boarders are encouraged to enjoy 5-10 minutes instrument practice every day after Breakfast.