Music in Wynstones School
Everyone sings! We have concerts, festivals and Morning Singing!
We have three choirs with yearly opportunities to sing in Gloucester Cathedral and other local beautiful buildings such as Tewksbury Abbey. Each morning in the Upper School, students begin their day with Morning Singing, before embarking on their rigorous academic timetable. All Upper School students and teachers participate and it is a fantastic, energising way to start each morning.
Orchestra is for all, with two concerts a year in stunning local venues.
There are also options to take part in the djembe group or guitar group, and there is also an after school string Chamber Group and Friday night ‘Band.’
We have many peripatetic teachers who offer a wide range of instrumental teaching.
Music history and theory lessons continue for all from Classes I-XII (Years 2-13), bringing history to life and giving direct music skills. Classes IX and X (Years 10 and 11) study Expressive Arts GCSE in which they meld two art forms from drama and music, and there is opportunity to go on to A Level Music or Performance Arts. Class XII (Year 13), now experienced in singing in harmony, prepare songs for their History of Art trip to Italy.
Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children use in other areas of the curriculum. A rich musical experience for children including singing, listening and playing brings great benefit as they progress through their educational journey. Making music involves multiple skills and childhood music development supports all learning, self-development and empowers the individual to self-expression and increased confidence.
It is a great journey, and one that lasts a life-time.
Caroline Thompson - Head of Music
‘Music is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul…………… it gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.’