At West Lodge, a specialist music teacher leads all class music lessons. Each year group receives two lessons a week. Singing is an important part of the musical life of the school, every child is taught to sing and performs regularly with their class. In Key Stage 2, all children learn the recorder as part of these lessons. The school offers every child in Year 3 the opportunity to try either the ‘cello, trombone or trumpet for one term free of charge. In addition, a team of peripatetic teachers visit the school weekly to deliver the following instrumental individual lessons: Guitar, Flute, ‘Cello, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn Violin, Voice and Clarinet. Recent national studies have shown that children who learn to play an instrument from a young age perform better in their academic lessons. This in turn leads to a vibrant department and many extra-curricular groups taking place weekly, which are as follows: Wind Group, Brass Group, Choir, Chamber Choir, Violin Group and Violin Trio. These groups take part in both internal and external concerts and festivals. During the school year, there are three Musical Soirees as well as two larger Concerts. Therefore, if your child chooses to play an instrument they are able to show their progress to an adult audience, which not only builds confidence but gives the child a goal to practise towards. On a weekly basis, one child performs in assembly. Most children take ABRSM exams and past and current students have reached high grades with a few attaining Grade 6 before leaving West Lodge. The emphasis in all our activities is on the enjoyment of music, whether through listening or performing.

Mrs Slater - Head of Music