“Ex-junior school pupils are currently working for Cambridge University, studying music degrees, professional singers and musicians, musical directors. Many are also highly successful in other fields.”
The Minster School has a long tradition of excellence in Music and, because of their individual talents, the students in the Junior School make a significant contribution to the celebration of music in the school. A unique feature of the Junior School is the musical atmosphere which pervades the department. To enhance their national curriculum music, students have choral and orchestral sessions each week and time is given to aural training and music theory. Singing is an essential feature of life in the Junior School.
Music tuition is offered to enrich and extend the pupils’ musical experiences. All pupils in the Junior School are expected to learn the piano. The school is fortunate to have a wide range of peripatetic instrumental tutors and benefits from the services of qualified and experienced teachers from Nottinghamshire’s instrumental music tuition service. Currently peripatetic music tuition offered to Junior School pupils includes : piano; upper and lower strings; brass; woodwind; guitar; voice; percussion and harp.
All pupils are given the opportunity to take music examinations, both practical and theory.
Free tuition is made available to all Junior School pupils for one instrument for the duration of their time in the Junior School, with the loan of instruments often possible to support practice at home. Pupils are expected to participate in the relevant extra-curricular opportunities to help them extend their skills playing or singing in ensembles. The Junior School has its own instrumental group and choir. and beyond this is a wealth of other groups. Junior School pupils are frequently members of the main school junior chamber choir, orchestras, woodwind groups, brass groups and string groups. they also feature in the concert band and our new harp ensemble.
Pupils are provided with ample opportunities to perform; from weekly “Tootle” concerts to large scale concerts in Southwell Minster. We believe it is important to support and encourage pupils as performers and musicians.