Learning a musical instrument, being a member of the School orchestra, singing in a choir or simply listening to music, there are so many ways to appreciate the joy and fun of music. Here at Dean Close Prep, we are passionate about music and hope to pass on our enthusiasm to each and every pupil by offering them boundless opportunities to listen, play and sing.
When at School, you can often hear wonderful sounds coming from our new £4.5 million building which boasts a 360 seat theatre and is supported by 12 individual contemporary practice rooms and a dedicated Music School. Facilities don’t stop there as we are also fortunate to be able to use the Senior School which has the Prince Michael Concert Hall with its incredible acoustics, as well as the 550 seater Bacon Theatre.
In addition to the weekly class music, pupils can choose to have private lessons. We offer an enormous range of music lessons from the traditional orchestral instruments to the kettle drums, even the electric guitar; with every child having the opportunity to find something they enjoy. Teachers and pupils work incredibly hard to achieve sophisticated standards with some children moving onto the Senior School at 13 with a distinction at grade 7. Also, we currently have pupils who are members of the National Youth Orchestra and National Children’s Orchestra.
On average the children can perform weekly, whether they are playing at a relaxed lunchtime performance platform which are a mix of both music and drama, to singing the Messiah at Pittville Pump Rooms and if they wish competing at the Cheltenham Music Festival. Scholars also have the opportunity to join Senior School musicians in performances and concerts as well as performing in the community.
Please do explore our music pages where you can read and hear for yourself how wonderful it is to be part of the Prep School Music School.
“I love learning the flute at Dean Close Prep School. My teacher is patient and encouraging. She expects me to work hard and notices when I have been practising. Learning the flute means I can participate in Senior Orchestra and Flute Group, which is great fun and I feel very proud to be part of. I especially like Mr McVittie, he is always smiling”. Year 7 pupil.