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Music

Music is taught to all pupils from the Nursery to Year 8. The Pre-Prep pupils have one lesson a week in which singing, rhythm and percussion are the main focus. There are also opportunities for the children in the Pre-Prep to take part in small ensembles with the Pre-Prep Choir; Ocarinas and Boomwhackers being very popular.

Year 1 Ocarinas group
Year 1 Ocarinas group

As the pupils progress through the years the emphasis also includes composition work and learning about a wide range of composers as well as music from around the world. At the same time, they further develop their singing and listening skills. Pupils in Years 3 and 4 also all learn the recorder.

As well as class music there are several choral ensembles including a large choir, Lower Prep singing group, Girl Choristers as well as an elite group of vocalists in G5 which includes our boy choristers. Other ensembles include: String Group, Wind and Brass Ensembles, Recorder Consort, Samba Band and a Piano Trio.

For a real flavour of the quality of music making at Hilden Grange, watch these short films of the Choir.

The Saxophone trio in rehearsal for the Christmas Concert

There are 9 visiting instrumental teachers so pupils can learn all the main instruments and work towards music exams. Each term there are variety of opportunities to develop their performance skills including concerts; local music festivals; our annual music competition and music assemblies in addition to the school musical.

Some of our pupils performed at the Hastings Music Festival
Some of our pupils performed at the Hastings Music Festival with great success.

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