Eltham College as a whole is well known for its wonderful music and this begins in the Junior School where we nurture every student’s music ability from the start.

All students have two timetabled lessons of music each week in addition to the numerous ensembles which take place, allowing students to develop their ensemble and solo skills alike.

The Music Room is equipped with keyboards and an extensive range of percussion instruments. In composition work, students are encouraged to use their own instruments in order to develop different skills on their instrument(s). Often lesson topics will cross over into other subjects and consolidate work taught in other curriculum areas such as History with Tudors and Victorians, English with war poetry etc.

A broad range of musical history and genres are covered from Renaissance and Classical to Jazz and Blues; from film scores and music in the gaming industry to advertising and opera.

Music Alive

We are so committed to music making that in Years 3 and 4 we offer every student four weeks’ free instrumental tuition under the Music Alive instrumental project. Year 3 students are given the opportunity to learn to play an orchestral string instrument, including harp. Year 4 students are given the opportunity to learn to play a woodwind or brass instrument. The first four lessons will be given free of charge along with free instrumental hire.

The Music Alive Project will be launched in the Junior School during the Michaelmas Term. At the end of the first four weeks students and parents will then decide if they wish their child to continue with individual lessons. Students will have the opportunity to perform in Showcase concerts through-out the project, and free instrument loan will continue to the end of the academic year.

Individual Music Lessons

Students who wish to participate in instrumental/vocal one to-one tuition (in addition to the Music Alive scheme) should email  Individual music tuition takes place throughout the school day on a rotational basis, with no fixed times. Timetables are displayed by the practice rooms in the Junior School.

When students are ready, they will be entered for either ABRSM or Trinity practical music examinations by their teacher.

Harp Lessons

Harp lessons are available to both Junior and Senior School students. Harpists have opportunities to join String Orchestras where appropriate. Harp hire can be organised at £50-60 per month with Harp students able to practise at pre-arranged times on the school lever harps. If you have any queries with regards to Harp lessons, please email Miss Beck at

Please visit the links below to see details of our fees for 2021/22, read our service standards and commitments and view a list of our visiting music teachers.

Music Fees 2021/2022

Service Standards and Commitments

Visiting Music Teachers

Performance Opportunities

There are a range of opportunities for students to perform from assemblies and concerts throughout the year as well as in their curriculum music lessons; from small to large stages, both informal and formal and from solo to ensemble.

Some concerts showcase a specific instrument or instruments from a section of the orchestra whilst others contain a range of abilities and instruments. In Lent Term we have our Inter-House Music Competition and in the Summer Term, we showcase our choirs and ensembles in our Summer Concert.

There are numerous performance opportunities throughout the year in both informal and formal settings for pupils of all abilities including our Concert to St. Cecilia, showcasing the most able performers in St. George’s Church, Beckenham.

Our musicians perform in a in November at St. George’s Church Beckenham. The more experienced singers will sing in either Year 5 and 6 Choir and/or Grange Choir.

House Music Competition

This is an opportunity for all students who are currently learning an instrument, either in school or privately, to perform one a piece on an instrument that they are studying to gain points for their House. The winning House will be awarded a cup and a concert showcasing the best performances from throughout the competition takes place for all members of the Junior School along with parents of the finalists, just before half term in Lent Term. Read more about last year’s House Music Competition. 

Music Activities

Brass EnsembleOpen to all brass players who meet the required standardMr Thompson
Flutie TootsOpen to all flute players who meet the required standardMrs Hignell
Groovy ToonsBy invitationMr Croston
Guitar EnsembleOpen to all guitar players who meet the required standardMr Williams
Hit MenBy invitationMr Nall
Senior Music School
Music Alive Concert BandYear 3Miss Bailey and Mr Thompson
Music Alive StringsYear 3 and Year 4Ms O'Leary
StringsYear 4 Ms O'Leary
Strings EnsembleOpen to all strings musicians who meet the required standardMr Bray
Wind EnsembleYear 5 and Year 6Miss Bailey
Year 3 and 4 ChoirYear 3 and 4Mr Alexander