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Music and Drama

Music

Music is a vehicle of personal expression and creativity, and it plays an important part in the development of children. Experiencing the joy of performing and creating music in groups is at the core of the Music teaching ethos at Twickenham Prep. Pupils have specialist class lessons from Reception right up to Year 8 in our dedicated music rooms, and have the opportunity to sing and play a range of instruments together. A wide range of peripatetic music lessons are available. Current instruments offered include vocal training, piano, guitar, violin, cello, drums, ukulele, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone and trumpet.

Music plays a key role in important school events such as our harvest festival, carol service, house music competition and end-of-year concerts, which the children really enjoy. Pupils are encouraged to attend musical clubs and these include Pre-Prep Choir, Prep Choir, Jazz Band, String Quartet, Orchestra, Guitar Group, Ukulele Group, Drum Club and Theory and Aural Club. Recently the TPS Choir enjoyed performing at the Royal Albert Hall for the Barnardo’s Charity children’s concert, where they were accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - which was a fantastic event to be a part of!

For more information about Music in the school, please contact Mrs Hill via the School Office.

 

Drama

Children love to rehearse and perform both individually and in groups at TPS. We see this as key area in which children can learn creative and co-operative techniques as well as develop their confidence, imagination and story-telling skills. There is particular emphasis on developing vocal and physical technique as well as an awareness of using the stage space in an engaging manner for an audience.

In Pre-Prep all of the children take part in the annual Nativity, and in the Prep department there are opportunities for all, with regular school productions, musicals and class assemblies. Literature by popular writers including Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson and Michael Morpurgo are great favourites to explore theatrically in our lessons and pupils also enjoy the study of costume and set design. Drama is a separate curriculum subject for pupils in Years 4 to 6 and is also used to support curriculum areas such as English, History, Religious Studies or PSHE. We invite companies such as ‘West End In Schools’ to deliver drama workshops for the pupils and we collaborate with the English department in the study of Shakespeare in the summer term. 

In addition, trips are offered and we hold weekly drama and poetry performance clubs which aim to develop improvisation, script/poetry writing and performance skills. Pupils are encouraged to apply for drama scholarships for secondary schools and additional support is given in school for this. They also have the opportunity to take part in public speaking competitions within House events and external festivals.