The Music Department plays an important part in the life of all children at Cumnor and is dedicated to engaging and inspiring pupils, building on their natural enthusiasm for music.

Through weekly music lessons, all children learn an awareness of a wide range of musical styles and eras as well as the technical and theoretical knowledge to support their performing and composing skills. We help children to express their ideas and opinions about music, developing a musical vocabulary, listening skills and sensitivity to sound. Excellence in our Music Department is evident to see with some of our children going on to secure Music Scholarships at the likes of Eton and Brighton College.

With over 65% of children in the Prep school learning a musical instrument, we are incredibly fortunate to be joined by over 20 visiting music teachers (VMTs) each week who deliver music lessons on a wide variety of orchestral instruments as well as the saxophone, drums, singing, piano and jazz piano. All children in Year 3 are offered the opportunity to try a string instrument for a term and all children in Year 2, 3 and 4 are taught the recorder and how to read music.

The Music Department also supports a huge variety of extra-curricular activities and ensembles including a Wind Band, Strings Group, Jazz Band, Concert Orchestra and a variety of choirs. We pride ourselves on our musical reputation and each term features a jam-packed calendar including our informal ‘coffee concerts’ where children can perform in a relaxed atmosphere, instrument specific concerts, fully staged musicals, the Carol Concert and Summer Serenade.

It is our aim at Cumnor to give every child both the tools and the knowledge to be able to make music, have the chance to work collaboratively with others and experience musical performance, whether that be in an orchestra, taking part in a musical or playing in a band. Those who show exceptional ability will be encouraged to work for scholarships amongst other things, but all children are encouraged to have a go and to take up an instrument.

Alison Wicks

Director of Music