Our modern Music School at the Prep has dedicated studio space, a theatre and comprehensive sound and light facilities where children can write, produce and perform.
Our teaching staff work together to support the children in a range of productions throughout the year celebrating individual excellence and an understanding of what can be achieved with effective collaboration.
Relaxed and friendly but still with a sense of occasion, the Informal Music Concerts, held in the Music School, celebrate the successes of our talented musicians and provided audiences of parents, siblings and friends with an evening of entertainment. Children have the opportunity to play in familiar surroundings to an admiring audience enjoying the music with light refreshments. The Boarders’ Concerts allow those children in the boarding community to perform to their parents on exeat weekends. Once a year Grandparents are welcomed in for a tour, high tea and concert hosted by their grandchildren.
The academic year opens with a Scholar’s Concert; the children across the Foundation who are music award holders host a concert preparing us for the delights of the year to come. The Christmas and Summer Concerts feature the ensembles based at the Prep. Strings, Woodwind and Choirs along with some of the older soloists perform to a high standard with beautiful and memorable performances. The Spring Concert is an opportunity to amalgamate music across Foundation as ensembles and choirs come together – the older and more experienced pupils are the emulation model for those just beginning their musical journeys. The repertoire ranges from traditional folk tunes, West End musicals, Classical and contemporary to modern pop and film music. These are always highlights in the school calendar and really show case the best musicianship at the Prep.
Every pupil at Mount Kelly has the opportunity to play a musical instrument which is an essential part of a broad and balanced education.
There are many studies which show the considerable benefits to the pupil including increased fine motor coordination, visual processing and social confidence especially when taking part in a musical ensemble.
Later in their school careers, pupils find the experience of playing music provides a refreshing diversion from academic studies especially during exam periods. When applying to university, pupils are finding that admissions tutors are particularly impressed by those candidates who have had the dedication and determination to pursue music alongside their other studies. It is also worth noting that every Head Boy and Head Girl for the last three years have been active musicians!
Lessons in the full range of instruments, including singing, are available within the school from a team of dedicated and experienced teachers, with a track record of outstanding tuition and results. Taster lessons are available before committing to a full term and these are charged pro rata.