Music at Whyteleafe gives pupils the opportunity to experience a wide range of musical styles and instruments. Musical learning is about thinking and acting as a musician as well as having opportunities to perform, compose, appraise and enjoy music making. All children will have the opportunity to experience whole class ensemble tuition which builds on their musical education, knowledge and experiences, it also provides firm foundations for future musical learning. Music is sometimes used as a vehicle to support learning in other areas such as science and maths and also as part of geography and history topics. The music curriculum includes singing, playing a range of instruments, listening to music that has been produced by themselves or others and learning to compose and improvise.
As well as the music curriculum we offer several music clubs. Children have the opportunity to be part of mini-singers, choir, orchestra, recorder club, toot club, and ukulele club. These groups perform at several events and concerts throughout the year, including Dorking Halls and the O2 arena, London.
The school can offer individual and small group instrument lessons delivered by peripatetic teachers from Surrey Arts. Lessons are currently available on clarinet, saxophone, violin and guitar.
At Whyteleafe we believe that music making is a powerful and personal experience that can support children’s development both academically, socially and emotionally.