The fact that over 160 children at Pembroke House take music extras is a credit to our lively, busy and 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.
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. Students who have lessons during teaching time will miss only one part of one subject lesson per term. Those students who learn more than one instrument will have one lesson on a rotational basis and one in an extra-curricular time slot.
Concerts, Choirs and Bands: When the student is of sufficient ability they are encouraged to join the school choirs and instrumental 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.
Selected students will play during the weekly assembly or at the various concerts held through the term.
Chapel Choir March 2015
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 suits them best.
Once students have chosen their instrument, they will be assigned a teacher. Their progress is recorded each lesson. 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.
Examinations: 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 and July every year, although these are not compulsory. The school also enters students for the MTB examinations termly.