Music plays a central part 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.
All pupils from Reception 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. With our dedicated team of visiting specialist teachers, piano, voice, instrumental (everything from French horn to harp), percussion, and music technology are offered at Beeston.
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.
All pupils, regardless of age or level of attainment, are given numerous opportunities to perform throughout the year both within the school and at outside venues, such as The Royal Norfolk Show. There are several concerts each term where ensembles, groups and soloists have the opportunity to sing or play.
Rachel Casey, Director of Music
BA (Hons), PGCE
I am the Director of Music at Beeston and am proud to have been working at Beeston for the past three years. I have always wanted to be a music teacher as I love seeing the children’s faces when they have managed to conquer their fears of performing on the stage, and starting out with their chosen instrument, on a musical journey which I hope will last a lifetime!
Beeston is a wonderful place to work. I love the community feel and most importantly, the vibrant and welcoming music school.
When I am not teaching, I love baking yummy treats and spending time at the beach with my two children!