The fact that over 130 children at Pembroke House take music extras is a credit to our lively, busy, happy music department.
The philosophy of the music department is to provide a comprehensive educational opportunity to young musicians in the knowledge, practice and appreciation of music. We believe that Music can effectively change the way children feel, think and act. It affects emotion and moods, providing opportunity for personal expression and reflection. It develops thinking, increases perception, imagination, creativity, intuition, perseverance, a sense of achievement and enjoyment, and physical co-ordination: all important life-skills.
The teaching of instrumental music throughout the school also introduces students to different forms of music-making as well as the opportunity to play in ensembles. It is believed that as students develop, they become more able to cope with the physical demands of different instruments.
Timetable of lessons
Lessons are taught individually for a fixed number of weeks each term on a rotational timetable. Year 8 students and those on learning support will be taught either after school, during study periods or at break times. Those students who learn more than one instrument will have one lesson on a rotational basis and one in an extra-curricular time slot. Timetables will be displayed outside teaching areas and sent to class teachers.
Concerts, Choirs and Bands
When the Director of Music feels that a student is of sufficient ability they are encouraged to join the school choirs and ensembles or take part in the various musical concerts held at the school or in conjunction with other Preparatory schools in the region.
Ensemble playing has tremendous value, offering students opportunities to achieve their maximum potential whilst at the same time enriching the life of the school.
Selection of instruments and ownership
Students are assessed to ascertain their aptitude and physical suitability for an instrument. Beginners will have the opportunity to try a variety of instruments and will be advised what instrument they might suit.
Once students have chosen their instrument, they will be assigned a teacher. Their progress is recorded each lesson and their progress cards kept by the Director of Music. They are encouraged to practise, and once they are established it is recommended that parents buy them their own instrument so they can also practice at home.
Pembroke House School is a registered examination centre for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and exams are held around June every year. The school also enters pupils for the MTB Examinations. Although not compulsory, many pupils take these exams.