Mr M Bartlett (Subject Leader)
Mr B Shaw
Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act.
It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world.
The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
Music at DGGS is taught in a separate building in the far corner of the school grounds. Facilities include dual computer/music keyboard workstations, recording equipment, a piano and various percussion instruments. A wide range of instruments are available for hire through the school.
The music room at lunchtime and after school is a very busy place. Activities include bands, senior and junior choirs and a chamber choir, a band for beginners and a theory club. All girls are invited to participate in these activities and where possible instruments will be made available.
As well as the main music room the music department have the use of 2 rooms, complete with pianos in Frith Road House. These rooms are mainly used by peripatetic teachers for individual instrumental lessons, but are available to girls for individual practice. The large visiting peripatetic staff are all highly trained musicians who offer a variety of types of lessons throughout the school year to girls learning to play instruments.
Lessons are available in: piano, flute, violin, clarinet, viola, saxophone, guitar, trumpet, cello, double bass, oboe, trumpet, trombone, tenor horn, French horn, baritone horn, flugal horn, and singing. All other instrumental requirements can be resolved on demand. Girls are encouraged to consider learning a musical instrument and application forms are readily available from the music department.
The Music Department puts on two concerts each year in addition to the School Carol Service held in a local church. The concerts are usually in October and April and feature solo and ensemble items from all year groups in the school.