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 pupils 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 five weeks’ free instrumental/vocal tuition under the Music Alive instrumental and vocal project. Year 3 students are given the opportunity to learn to play an orchestral string instrument or begin singing lessons. Year 4 students are given the opportunity to learn to play a woodwind or brass instrument or begin singing lessons. The first five lessons will be given free of charge along with free instrumental hire.
At the end of the five weeks, the students perform in a showcase concert which parents are invited to attend. Students and parents will then decide if they wish to continue with lessons, taught in pairs until the end of the Michaelmas Term, moving to individual lessons for the remainder of the academic year. The Music Alive Project is always launched in the Junior School during the first week of the Michaelmas Term.