MusicPhilosophy

 

Music is a gift to mankind, which is to be enjoyed. The aim is to encourage and nurture this enjoyment in our pupils through all facets of the subject: creativity and composition, listening and analysis, movement and dance, instrumental and rhythmic skills, aural development, singing, solo and ensemble performance activities and score reading.

At Sedbergh Prep we recognise the huge and profound impact that music can have on a child’s development and the unique way that it interweaves with all subjects within school.  Musical performance is encouraged, nurtured and promoted through singing (both solo and communal) and through the playing of musical instruments. We firmly believe in promoting and providing “music for all” whilst encouraging and facilitating those who excel to be the very best that they can be. Music is taught by expert tutors in 1:1 music lessons for beginners, through to advanced students. It is delivered in the classroom as a core subject by a music specialist and encouraged beyond the curriculum via a plethora of instrumental and vocal ensembles, thus promoting the study of both academic music and performance skills.  Music binds the school together in key events throughout the calendar year; house music competitions, Christmas Carol Service, termly church and chapel services, lunchtime recitals, Exeat concerts, Half-Term Concerts, weekly music assemblies, musical workshops and tours. The department forges key relationships with other subject areas through cross-curricular planning and through the staging of regular productions. 

All pupils are encouraged to express themselves musically and achieve a high standard of musicianship, whatever their ability. Music is accessible to all, yet there is also expert provision, tuition and extension work for those who are musically talented and exceptionally gifted. All pupils are encouraged to do their best and to achieve as highly as they can.

There are very few hours within the school week when the facilities available to the Sedbergh Prep Music Department are not in use. Music for most, if not all of the school day, is usually audible in some form or another and thus it is a fundamental part of our spirit and our character.


INDIVIDUAL LESSONS

Many children receive additional paid music tuition on instruments of their choice, given on a 1:1 basis by experts. A wide range of instruments is taught, covering the range of orchestral and band instruments, popular and orchestral percussion, harp, voice and piano. Every music teacher is of the highest calibre and almost all teach only their speciality, rather than a whole family of instruments, in order to give the highest level of expertise to pupils. All are graduates of top music schools, colleges,conservatoires or universities. Music teachers are all DBS checked and trained in Child Protection prior to teaching at Sedbergh Prep and are experienced in the education of young children. Several staff teach their instruments in both the prep and the senior schools, so continuity of teaching is ensured.

MUSIC PRACTICE AND ENVIRONMENT

Progress in instrumental and vocal performance requires dedication. In order to reach high standards of performance, regular practice and diligence are needed. Young people, especially those just setting out on their musical journeys, require a great deal of assistance with understanding how to practise. At Sedbergh Prep we offer this support in a variety of ways, including supervised music practice for boarders with help and advice given by music specialists, practice diaries for all pupils and exceptional facilities; a dedicated music suite with 15 practice rooms (each with piano), a further 15 pianos across the school, an exceptional Yamaha grand piano for concerts, baby grand piano, a wealth of percussion, folk, band and orchestral instruments for loan, 2 music technology suites and an extensive music library and listening room.

MUSIC STAFF

Director of Music
Miss Anastasia Micklethwaite MA (Cantab), ARCM, ACIB, PGCE (Cantab), NPQH

Music Assistant & Administrator
Mr Anthony White

Instrumental Staff

Piano
Mrs Susan Doherty GRNCM (Hons), LRAM
Ms Christine Doyle BA Hons, MEd
Mrs Hilary Ashworth B.Ed (Hons)
Mrs Catherine Burton

Violin and Viola
Miss Emily Baker BMus (Hons) (RNCM)
Miss Rhiannon James BMus (Hons) (RNCM)

Cello
Mr Christopher Mansfield BMus (RNCM)

Flute and Recorder
Ms Sarah Whewell BMus (Hons), LRAM, PPRNCM

Clarinet
Mr M Giudici Dip. Conservatorio Milano, PGDip HFM Saarbrücken

Saxophone
Mr John Woodhouse FISM, PGDip, ALCM, AMusTCL, DipLCM, Cert.MusEd

Oboe and Bassoon
Mrs Carole Marsde
Mrs Patricia Jo Wood

Brass
Mr David Price BMus (RNCM)

Drum Kit & Orchestral Percussion 
Mr Mark Norman BA (RNCM) PGDIP (RNCM)

Guitar (Acoustic, Electric and Bass). 
Mr Howard Haigh BA (Hons): M Mus

Singing
Dr Karena Caun MBBS, MRCP (Lond) 

Miss Ellie Moore

Harp
Ms AnnaKate Atkinson BA (Hons), MMus, PGDip (RSAMD)

Bagpipes
Mr Bryan Robinson BEd