“Music sits at the heart of Ditcham Park School“
Music is a vitally important part of life at our School. We pride ourselves in giving every pupil the opportunity to explore their potential, to enjoy making music whatever their ability, in both curricular and co-curricular settings.
A typical week at Ditcham Park School sees an extensive range of music making taking place, including rehearsals with the Senior Concert Band and Junior Orchestra, Junior and Senior Choirs and numerous instrumental ensembles. Each week up to 200 individual instrumental and vocal lessons are delivered by a team of specialist visiting peripatetic music teachers. In addition to this, each child in Transition learns the recorder, in Lower Juniors a brass instrument, in Middle Juniors a Woodwind instrument and in Upper Juniors a string instrument. Concerts and musical performances take place regularly throughout each term, showcasing the talents of the School’s junior and senior musicians. Performance opportunities are legion with a variety of musical events being held throughout the academic year as well as musical contributions at assemblies and school services. We endeavour to take pupils and their music further afield and have undertaken tours to Europe recently.
All pupils from Dragonflies through to KS3 study music as a curricular subject. Pupils are taught in a lively and engaging style by passionate and knowledgeable teachers. Lessons focus on practical, creative and listening skills in a wide variety of contexts. This prepares pupils who opt for music as a GCSE subject.
A Music Scholarship is awarded annually at age 8+ and 11+ for outstanding pupils. For further details of this and/or learning a musical instrument at school, please contact the Admissions Secretary or the Head of Music, Mr E Williamson.