The Music Department is a lively and dynamic area of the School where you will always find pupils keen to rehearse for and perform in one of the many music events that take place throughout the year.
Mr Stratford (Director of Music) and Mrs Stratford (Assistant Director of Music and LAMDA) teach in the department, together with a fantastic team of experienced peripatetic teachers. These teachers visit the School weekly to teach a range of instruments to pupils on a one-to-one basis.
We are fortunate to have spacious modern accommodation comprising of two main teaching rooms, four well-lit practice rooms, all equipped with pianos and one with a baby grand piano.
Every pupil in the School benefits from a weekly class music lesson, during which their musical skills and understanding are developed through fun, engaging and challenging activities. All lessons are taught by specialist and experienced music teachers and a vast range of topics incorporate a mixture of historical and social aspects, listening, composing, performing, IT, appraising and evaluation activities.
Singing is an important part of the musical life at Chandlings. Every week all pupils sing together during assemblies and a high standard of singing is encouraged in weekly Prep and Pre-Prep Hymn Practices. For those children who particularly enjoy singing, we have three choirs: The Junior Choir (Years 1 and 2), The Intermediate Choir (Years 3 and 4) and The Senior Choir (Years 5 and 6). All our choirs nurture a love of singing for every pupil and the repertoire ranges through all genres. We also run a Staff and Parent Choir, so there really is an opportunity for everyone!
At least half the children in the School sign up for vocal and instrumental lessons. We offer lessons in a wide range of instruments, suiting all interests, including: piano, voice, violin, cello, harp, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, flute, cornet, trumpet, horn, trombone, oboe, bassoon, drum kit and recorder. These extra lessons, timetabled on a rota basis during the course of the School day, inspire our children to play regularly at home and to reach their full musical potential.
Many who choose to devote extra time to music reach high standards in their music-making and we reliably achieve excellent results in our tri-annual ABRSM exams. Please click here for information on how to sign up.
Our developing instrumentalists are supported through a range of instrumental ensembles, where children can learn the valuable skills of rehearsing and performing as part of a team. These ensembles are directed by our professional music teachers, and currently include: Lower Prep String Ensemble, Upper Prep String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, and multiple recorder ensembles.
Performance opportunities are a plenty at Chandlings and we guarantee that every child will have an opportunity to perform publically during the course of the year. These occasions range from smaller-scale lunchtime recitals, informal termly year group concerts, performances during assemblies, through to larger performance opportunities such as end of term concerts, Nativity Concerts, House competitions and Services. We have been very fortunate to have performed in some fantastic venues including in recent years Winchester Cathedral and Dorchester Abbey. We very much hope to be looking to introduce a biennial Music Tour in the very near future!