Our philosophy

Music is a vital part of the school’s curriculum. Plato said, “I would teach children music, physics and philosophy, but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning.”

Each girl is fully involved in the class music lessons and she is also able to receive specialist tuition in cello, clarinet, drums, flute, guitar, piano, recorder, saxophone, trumpet, violin and voice. Music theory is also offered as part of the curriculum.

Music programme

In Grade 2, the girls learn the cello, recorder and violin. The class is divided into three groups and they spend one term on each instrument. In Grade 3, the class is divided into three groups and each group spends one term each on learning the basics of clarinet, flute and trumpet. The purpose of this system is to allow the girls a chance to get a feel for a number of instruments before deciding whether they would like to carry on learning a particular instrument or not.


Our two choirs – Senior Choir for Grades 5 to 7 and Junior Choir for Grades 2 to 4 – perform at many functions, festivals and, occasionally, at weddings.


This is a wonderful opportunity for the girls to make music together and experience adding the voice of their instrument to a symphony of sound. Tours and workshops are organised and the girls sometimes combine with The Ridge School for concerts and tours. At present the school boasts a 40-piece orchestra, which allows many to participate in a collaborative manner.

Guitar and jazz bands

Our guitar and jazz bands are very popular. The repertoire is varied and allows for an enriching experience, not to mention great entertainment at the various school concerts.

Marimbas and djembe drums

These groups have a broad appeal and they offer the girls the opportunity to play the marimbas, Orff instruments and djembe drums in a group situation, with an emphasis on playing a range of African music.

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