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Parkgate encourages children to develop a life-long love of music, identifying and nurturing musical ability within every child.

A rich and varied music curriculum is taught progressively from Nursery to Prep 6. Throughout their time at Parkgate, children explore and develop a range of skills which include: singing, playing, listening, improvisation, composition and performance. Musical elements, history and theory are also examined and, over time, the children acquire an impressive musical vocabulary and are able to access musical notation whilst developing their own sense of creativity.

All children participate in singing through year group ensembles and by attending class music lessons. Key events throughout the academic year allow pupils to develop their confidence when singing and performing to a larger audience. The annual Carol Concert and summer musical productions provide valuable platforms that allow pupils to enjoy making music together whilst individually flourishing.

The School Choir regularly rehearse and perform at events, showcasing their progress and ability. The Choir enjoys singing at Parents’ Assemblies, the annual Carol Concert, the Summer Open Day and the end of year Grand Assembly.

Individual instrumental tuition is provided by peripatetic tutors, who offer vocal, guitar, piano and violin lessons. Pupils who learn an instrument at Parkgate regularly enter ABRSM practical and theory graded exams, often reaching an impressive standard. Furthermore, our bi-annual Music Open Mornings and regular assemblies allow pupils to develop their solo performance skills.

At Parkgate, we are proud of our senior school music scholars as well as our own internal Hanora music scholars, indicating the high standard of musicianship that our children achieve.

The musical life at Parkgate continues to thrive and develop, providing an environment that is designed to nurture and develop each child’s musical identity.

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