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.
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.