The Music department at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall offers all children the opportunity to develop their musical skills and to become involved in music in a practical way. The School has an established tradition of musical excellence. Music is taught to all pupils at the school and involves lots of practical music-making, including – composing, listening and performance.
The purpose-built music block is well equipped with percussion instruments, African drums, keyboards and comfortable practice rooms. Pupils use ICT to enhance their study of music and they notate their compositions using Sibelius software as well as our iMac recording and composing equipment.
Twelve visiting instrumental specialists provide tuition on a wide range of instruments. These lessons are carefully timetabled to avoid disruption to other school work. Pupils regularly work towards practical and music theory examinations (there is a 100% pass rate), and soloists and ensembles are encouraged to take part in music festivals.
Tuition is provided on the following instruments:
- Violin (Traditional)
- Violin (Suzuki Method)
- Cello (Suzuki Method)
- Double bass
- Drum kit
- Music theory
- Music Scholarship class
- Music scholarships offered annually
- Individual or shared tuition with instrumental specialists.
- All lessons take place at school during the school day.
- Lesson are arranged on a rota system, so pupils do not miss the same academic lesson each week.
- Progress and target reports.
- The School provides the opportunity for pupils to study for theoretical and practical music examinations. The department is proud of its 100% pass rate with many pupils gaining Merit and Distinction levels.
- Performance opportunities in a variety of ensembles at school including the following: Jazz ensemble, Neat Beatz, Samba band, Woodwind group, Ukulele band, Rock bands, Suzuki strings, Recorder groups, Pre-Prep choir, Prep choir, Magna Voce and Chamber choir.
- Pupils receiving tuition at school have priority on the use of practice rooms.
- As pupils reach a confident level of performance, they are encouraged to join ensembles and to perform in concerts and morning assemblies.
- Pre-Prep and Year 3 pupils are accompanied to and from lessons.
- A comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities helps support development.
Director of Music: Anne Berry-Smith, BMus (Hons), Mtpp, PGCE (Music & Middle Years)
- Wendy Bailey- LTCL, ATCL, Cert. Ed.: Clarinet/Brass
- Phil Davison – BSc, Grade 8 Distinction, Rockschool Drums: Drum Kit
- Andrew Dodd – BA (Hons): Bass Guitar and Piano
- Jonathan Dodd – BA (Hons): Piano
- Christine Godfrey – NTC Dip, Dip. ABRSM: Woodwind
- Kayleigh Simpson – BA (Hons) : Cello
- Jessica Diggins – BMus (Hons) Trinity College of Music Violin
- Paul Hill – Grade 8 guitar, RGT registered, London College of Music examiner; LLCM and FLCM – the new Jazz Guitar performance diplomas – Paul Hill was the first person to pass the FLCM, which is the highest diploma awarded by the London College of Music and Thames Valley University; author of ‘Paul Hill Guitar Theory and Technique’ book: classical and jazz guitar, electric guitar
- Lisa Cassidy – BA (Hons), PG Dip, MMus: Coloratura Soprano – Singing
- Veronica Wilson – BMus (Hons), LGSM, EPTA Cert. PTC (Distinction), Dip. Music Therapy, ATCL: Piano
- George Weitz – BA (Hons), M.Mus: Violin and Viola
- Dave Pulin – CTABRSM, BA Hons: Double Bass and String Bass