Music is a vibrant and integrated part of Castle Court life, and recognised as a very important part of a child’s development. Musical talent is encouraged in all children, and class music lessons for all year groups aim to develop singing, playing, composing and listening skills, along with enthusiasm for music. Much of the curricular work leads to concert performances or recordings. Every child in the school is involved in music performance at various stages of their time here.
The majority of children play one instrument or more, with tuition given by a specialist team of fifteen visiting teachers, who are supported by a full-time Director of Music.
Children take part in a wide and exciting range of extra-curricular activities; these include orchestra, band, ‘senior’ choir, numerous string, woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles! ABRSM exam results are outstanding, consistently well above the national average. We also have a long and impressive record of music scholarship successes to senior schools.
The department is a purpose-built suite of teaching rooms, each with a new Petrof upright piano, and, with its office, is conveniently attached to the stage/hall complex. Further use of music technology is planned by adding computer stations to our collection of Yamaha keyboards. Sibelius and Cubase software is installed and available for more advanced work.