Prep School Music and Drama
Music can be heard almost every hour of the day so if your child has any instinct for music we will develop it! There are orchestras, choirs, jazz bands, and chamber music groups. Over 70% of pupils learn a musical instrument, and every year there will be children gaining Grade 6 and above. Tuition is available on almost all instruments, even the bagpipes!
All children are given an introduction to instrumental music. In Year 3, the children can learn the recorder, in Year 4, the violin and in Year 5, the ukelele, all at no additional cost.There are regular concerts and at any time there are a considerable number of ensembles in rehearsal so that as many children as possible gain pleasure from the experience of shared music-making. There is an orchestra of considerable size and quality, a long tradition of choral music based around the chapel and regular tours.
Altogether, it is difficult to imagine that a school could offer more breadth of opportunity for individual or group music making and, certainly, our prime objective is to help young people to enjoy their music making to the full. Above all it is ‘cool’ to be a musician at Clayesmore Prep!
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There are two major drama productions every year, staged in our 160 seat theatre. These popular productions provide a wonderful opportunity to combine acting and music, and introduce children to set design, make-up, lighting and sound engineering. Two drama productions – one for the juniors and one for the senior year groups – are staged each year in our 160 seat theatre that is shared with the Senior School. These popular productions provide a wonderful opportunity to combine acting and music, as well as the talents of set designers and technical crew.
They also give children the chance to get involved in the exciting the process of ‘putting on a show’! Recent vibrant productions have included ‘Disney’s The Lion King, JR’, ’Calamity Jane’, ’The Rocky Monster Show’ and ’Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits’.
Our purpose-build Dance Studio with its fully sprung floor is used by many pupils every week for ballet, dance and drama lessons.