Music forms a very important and very large part of the day-to-day life of children at Beechwood Park and is valued extremely highly by pupils, staff and parents.
At any one time, around 90% of pupils from Year 2 to Top Form (Year 8) are actively involved in the Music Department outside their class lessons. Involvement in music, whether in a choir, ensemble or having instrumental and singing lessons, is open to all children, regardless of ability. Our main aim is to give every child the opportunity and encouragement to achieve their potential. This is achieved through encouraging and developing an enthusiasm and appreciation of music in every pupil and providing opportunities, competitive and non-competitive so that every pupil can contribute to the musical life of Beechwood Park. The Music Department is always buzzing with activity and is a place where children flourish and enjoy a huge range of music making.
Every pupil from Reception to Top Form (Year 8) is taught class music by a specialist music teacher and the curriculum is broad and varied, encompassing traditional elements of singing, instrumental work, composition, theory, history and Music Technology. Cross-curricular projects happen as much as possible with other Departments. All learning in the Music Department has a practical basis and children are involved in making music from their very first lesson. Performing is also a large part of the children’s learning and every pupil from Year 2 to Top Form has the opportunity to perform, as part of their class music, to an audience of pupils, staff and parents at least once a year.
Outside the classroom:
There are 21 specialist instrumental and singing teachers, who, between them, teach over 300 individual and/or group lessons each week in a huge variety of different instruments. Exams are taken at Beechwood Park and results are excellent. We regularly have children who have been awarded places in the National Children's Choir, the National Youth Choir and the National Children’s Orchestra. In addition, many Music Scholarships are awarded each year to Senior Schools. A large number of Beechwood Park’s pupils take part in the extra-curricular music activities. There is an impressive selection of choirs and ensemble, large and small, catering for all abilities and they are taught by specialist music teachers.
Soloists and small groups perform in our weekly, informal Friday Lunchtime Concerts, to which parents, teachers and pupils are invited. This is where most children have their first performing opportunities in a relaxed, friendly setting. We also hold at least two evening concerts per year for our larger ensembles in addition to our Music Competition finalists’ concert in the Lent Term.
The Music Department regularly reaches out into the local community in many different ways and performances (in addition to our Twitter feed) and there are many occasions throughout the year when we welcome members of the public to enjoy workshops, services and performances both in and out of School.
A major musical production takes place at least every 2 years and we work in conjunction with the Drama Department. Highlights in recent years have been productions of ‘Cats’, the ‘Sound of Music’, 'Mulan' and 'Lion King Jnr'.
The Beechwood Park Music Department regularly holds a wide variety of different workshop days for its own pupils and children from other schools. In addition to concerts given by our own Professional teachers, we also host a Professional Concert Series which has, to date, included performances by world class musicians such as Emma Johnson, Craig Ogden and Tasmin Little.
Thank you for a wonderful choir concert. As a parent, I really appreciate that you are providing the children with many more skills than simply singing. The performances are truly wonderful. Well done all. Current parent