There are a great many opportunities for music-making at Gayhurst School. In addition to class music, individual lessons on a variety of instruments are given by a team of peripatetic teachers, many of whom are performing professional musicians. The number of children who take up a musical instrument is gratifyingly large.
All pupils are actively encouraged to learn an instrument and play in an ensemble or sing in a choir. Great importance is laid on the enjoyment and appreciation of a variety of music. There are at least three different extra-curricular activities which take place on a daily basis to include choirs for every year group from Year 2 and instrumental ensembles for every instrument, from Swing Band to Orchestra, Guitar Group to Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble to Music ICT Club and many more besides!
Curriculum music is varied and exciting, with a wide range of musical genres studied to include a range of World, Popular and Classical music and an emphasis is placed upon performing and composing, as well as musical appreciation. Children’s performances are enjoyed and celebrated on a weekly basis in whole school assemblies and at more formal performances.
All genres are catered for at Gayhurst and the children perform to a range of audiences. The music room, in addition to being a teaching room is used regularly for smaller concerts and recitals, while larger ensemble concerts take place in the Gibbs Hall and at St James’ Church. So, whether we have keen clarinetists, passionate pianists, or dedicated drummers we ensure that they are all catered for.
Class music is a timetabled subject taught by specialists from the very start of a child’s time at Gayhurst. For the very talented individual there is the opportunity to work towards a scholarship either for a Secondary Independent school or for the county of Buckinghamshire.