Ibstock Place School offers a comprehensive programme of musical education for all pupils, from the beginner to the most talented performer. We aim to foster a love and enjoyment of music and performing in all children, and to make music accessible to all pupils.
Children from Prep 2 to Prep 6 receive a one hour Music lesson once a week. Kindergarten and Prep 1 receive an hour long Singing lesson and also an hour of Music and Movement each week. Children in Kindergarten also have an additional 45 minute lesson of Music and Movement.
Singing and playing music enhances self-esteem and improves group behaviour. Music teaches concentration, performance and focus and has been found to help advance children’s cognitive development. Class Music lessons involve listening, composing and performing, aural training, percussion work, theory, music history and listening to a wide range of styles and genres of music. All children perform in concerts throughout the year to showcase the work they have been doing.
Choirs and Ensembles
Alongside the curriculum, in the Prep School we offer a wide range of musical ensembles. These include: Jazz Band, Flute Ensemble, Recorder Club, Clarinet Ensemble, Rock Bands, African Drumming Clubs and Samba Group. We have three choirs: Choir Club, which is available to Prep 3 to Prep 6 pupils and is a non-auditioned choir;
Chamber Choir, entry to which is by audition only for Prep 5 and Prep 6 children; and Lower Prep Choir for any Prep 2 and Prep 3 children who enjoy singing. There are regular opportunities for children to perform at lunchtime concerts and Performers’ Platforms.
Individual Music lessons
We have a team of over fifteen visiting music teachers and, in addition to having Singing lessons, pupils may choose to play a variety of instruments such as: Cello, clarinet, drums, euphonium, flute, guitar, recorder, saxophone, trombone, trumpet and violin.
The School runs an extremely successful Strings Scheme, overseen by the Head of Strings. Children from Prep 2 upwards are given the opportunity to learn the violin or cello and play in a Strings Group. They progress from Beginners to Intermediate through to Prep Training Orchestra and finally on to the Prep Strings Orchestra. Pupils in Prep 5 and 6 are also able to play in quartets or trios.