Music at Kingshott
Music is an enriching, creative and vibrant part of school life.
We encourage children of all ages and abilities to develop a life-long appreciation for, and engagement with, music. We do this through classroom activities, extracurricular groups and a wide range of musical ensembles, events and activities which aim to develop the full range of performing, composing, listening and analytical skills.
Three quarters of Kingshott pupils learn an instrument, receiving their weekly individual lessons and taking part in a variety of concerts and events throughout the year. We are fortunate to have a fantastic team of visiting music teachers who give solo and ensemble tuition in classical, orchestral and popular instruments:
- Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
- Woodwind/Reeds: Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Recorder
- Brass: Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, Trombone, Tenor Horn
- Guitar: Classical, Electric, Bass
- Drum Kit
For more information about the Kingshott Music curriculum - which provides opportunities for students to be ambitious and aspirational about their musical futures - please see our curriculum page.
"Music is a strength in the school with all pupils making excellent use of opportunities to appreciate music and to compose their own"
The Music Department comprises a fantastic creative team of visiting music teachers who offer individual lessons in the following instruments:
Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
Woodwind/Reeds: Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Recorder
Brass: Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, Trombone, Tenor Horn
Guitar: Classical, Electric, Bass
How it works
In Years 1-2, all students learn the recorder in weekly small group lessons. This builds their notation reading skills and develops motor coordination, instrumental and ensemble technique. Group recorder lessons are charged termly and added to the term’s fee bill.
From Year 3, they are able to continue recorder lessons as individual tuition or continue group lessons.
From Year 3, students are able to begin individual lessons on any of the above instruments. These 30 minute lessons are scheduled on a rotational basis throughout the school day to ensure that students do not miss the same curriculum lessons each week. Priority slots outside of curriculum lesson time are given to students in Years 7 and 8. Lesson fees are charged termly directly by the instrumental teacher.
Assessment and Reporting
Reports on your child’s progress are made at the end of the summer term via the school’s standard reporting procedures. During the academic year, parents and carers are encouraged to be in regular communication with their child’s instrumental teacher to support their practice in-between lessons and in preparation for concerts, events and examinations.
Twice a year (usually in the Spring and Summer terms), Kingshott School becomes an exam venue for students to take ABRSM graded examinations. Some of our instrumental teachers also prepare students for external Trinity and RockSchool examinations in particular instruments.
Instrumental Tuition Fees
Group Recorder lessons are charged per term and will be shown on the term's fee bill.
Individual instrumental lessons will be charged by the teacher concerned.
Cessation of Tuition
Please note: Half a term’s notice is required to terminate instrumental lessons and must be made in writing/email to the instrumental teacher and Director of Music.