Music is part of everyday life at St John’s. Whether singing in a choir or playing in the Orchestra we strongly believe that everyone has something to offer and can find something they enjoy.
The curriculum for class music is a progressive one that develops the musical understanding of all. Enjoyment and practical skills are core elements, integrated with musical theory and notation from Year 3. Strong emphasis is placed on singing across all year groups. In the nursery and pre-prep, specialist teachers deliver a weekly 30 minute session.
St John’s boasts a strong choral tradition with four choirs spanning the age range. Pupils in Years 2 and 3 can opt to sing with the Little Voices Choir, establishing the foundations of choral singing. The Junior Choir is open to pupils in Years 4 and 5 and performance opportunities range from formal church services to local summer shows.
Our largest group, the Senior Choir, leads all church services.
The Chamber Choir is a selective choir of the most talented children who sing more challenging repertoire and perform both on and off the school grounds.
The Orchestra is open to all pupils of Grade 1 level and above. They rehearse weekly and perform at school events and functions.
There is also a ukulele group, Year 2 Strings Club, Year 4 Recorder Club and a higher level recorder consort.
Over 70% of pupils take up the opportunity to learn an instrument. Tuition is available on all orchestral instruments, piano, drum-kit, guitar and saxophone. Singing lessons are also available.