As befits a Cathedral School, King's has a fine musical tradition and music plays an important part in the traditions of the Pre-Preparatory School.
The children of the Pre-Preparatory School are encouraged to have an enthusiastic and enjoyable approach to music, both as participants and as members of an audience. They are given many opportunities to perform and listen to music in a variety of styles and from different periods and cultures.
As a Cathedral-linked Christian School, King’s children have regular opportunities to sing in the Cathedral and in assemblies during acts of worship. Boys of the school can audition to become Cathedral Choristers during Year 3. The School has a wide selection of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments used by the children to accompany songs and compose simple rhythms, in groups or individually.
The Music curriculum is planned and taught from Nursery level to Year 2 by a Colourstings specialist, Mrs Rachel Ramsay and the Preparatory School and Pre-Preparatory School Director of Music, Mrs Jackie Hines. The curriculum sessions include singing as a class and developing musical patterns from a range of starting points and stimuli. Very good use is made of simple ICT software to aid children in composing rhythms and tunes and children from a young age begin to use ICT and pencil and paper methods to make a note of their work using picture symbols, basic notation and graphical scores. Colourstrings methodology is built into classes throughout the School, including Nursery.
Many Year 3 children attend the free-of-charge recorder or ocarina club and perform in assemblies and Cathedral services. Year 2 and 3 pupils are also able to trial lessons in piano, cello, guitar, brass and violin at a small additional cost. The experience of singing and performing for concerts and assemblies also plays an important part in each child’s musical development and we often welcome visiting musicians or King’s Senior and Preparatory School pupils to share musical skills and knowledge.