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Music is an important element of Elstree life, both within the curriculum and outside it. From singing in the Choir and musicians playing regularly in Church, to performing in plays, concerts and rehearsing in musical ensembles, the boys benefit from an environment where music is cherished and nurtured.
From Year 3 to Year 5 pupils have 2 music lessons a week, and in Years 6 to 8, a single lesson which can include singing, playing, listening and composing. The time in the class may also be used to prepare for special events such as services, plays, assemblies and concerts.
Tuition is available in a wide selection of instruments and a large proportion of boys are learning to play an instrument or taking singing lessons. They are encouraged to participate in one of the musical ensembles which rehearse weekly at school. There are three choirs, an orchestra, string ensemble, jazz band, and other occasional ensembles such as string trios and pop bands. M:Tech, an introduction to music technology takes place once a week with a visiting teacher, and pupils spend a happy half-hour plugged into computers and keyboards.
An Informal Concert for each year group and a vocal concert is held every term, giving pupils the opportunity to play or sing a piece of music they have prepared in front of a friendly and supportive audience. Parents are invited to come along and hear their child play. There are also larger concerts for the bigger ensembles, including one outdoors in the summer term, frequent visits to Senior Schools for workshops, participation in local festivals and national competitions, and trips to hear shows and professional recitals. Elstree musicians also like to share their talents with a wider audience and perform at occasional charitable events during the course of the year.
A lively and busy department, music scholarships are regularly awarded to Elstree pupils, and pupils have had many successes at various festivals and competitions.
Head of Music: Mary Westley