“I love playing the violin with my class and it is really fun.” Benedict, Reception
Our all-inclusive policy extends to Music, in which all boys are introduced to the fundamental activities of performing, listening and composing. Solefield has a purpose-built music school which helps to foster a strong tradition of playing and performing. This is reflected in the large percentage of boys who have individual music lessons on a wide variety of instruments.
Reception boys experience rhythm, percussion and singing, together with group violin lessons. Boys in Year 1 learn the ocarina, Year 2 learn the recorder, Years 3 and 4 learn the melodica, and Year 5 learn the ukulele. Boys in Years 6, 7 and 8 have keyboard lessons in our custom-built keyboard room.
All pupils perform in year group concerts where emphasis is on participation and enjoyment. In addition, there are informal concerts throughout the year as well as more formal events. The school has three choirs, two orchestras, as well as string, woodwind, cello, guitar and brass groups. Many of the boys participate in a rock/technology group learning performance and recording techniques. Boys regularly gain scholarships to senior school.
Peripatetic Music Teachers
Many of the boys at Solefield take individual lessons. We have peripatetic music teachers who deliver lessons across a range of instruments, including: