Music is part of the rich heritage of Queen’s. We embrace not just learning an instrument but also learning to perform.
Girls are encouraged to try new instruments and techniques but we also try to develop their confidence to enable them to showcase their skills to the best of their ability.
The focus of attention in Key Stage 1 is singing, percussion instruments and general musicality. In Key Stage 2 all girls learn at least the basics of three musical instruments as part of the curriculum. In Year 3 they learn the recorder, in Year 4 the violin and in Year 6 the ukulele.
Many girls choose to study additional instruments as well. At the moment we have girls studying for piano, saxophone, flute, violin and clarinet in Year 4, and girls learning the piano, flute, guitar, saxophone, drums, violin, viola, clarinet, recorder, cello and harp in Years 5 and 6.
Girls make excellent progress through their grades and we currently have several girls playing at Grade 3 standard or above with groups taking part in Junior Strings and a lunchtime flute group.
In Years 5 and 6 there are around 60 girls in the Junior Young Voices Choir which in 2015 reached the final of the BBC Songs of Praise Junior Choir of the Year Competition. Meanwhile 40 girls attend a training choir in Years 3 and 4. Our Little Singers group in Key Stage 1 is an excellent training ground for this.