Music is a central part of school life at Hallfield; the creativity, sense of achievement and community spirit it can foster fills our classrooms and corridors.
From the very earliest years, children have designated lessons with a music specialist where they take their first steps in exploring sounds, using their voices musically and experiencing music-making in an ensemble context. Every child has a class music lesson once a week and, by the time pupils are ready to move on from Hallfield, they will have explored a range of musical genres, developed a singing voice, composed their own music, listened to music critically and had the opportunity to use music technology and a range of instruments.
Throughout the school week, the Music Department is a busy hub of activity. Pupils access our suite of practice rooms for individual or small-group instrumental/vocal lessons with a specialist teacher. Pupils also access our two music classrooms for class lessons, ensembles rehearsals and informal concerts. An after-school music technology club also takes place in the department’s Music Technology Studio three times a week.
Pupils have their first opportunity to start instrumental studies when they are in year 3. At Hallfield, every year 3 pupil learns to play an orchestral instrument and, during their time in this year, pupils enjoy free instrumental lessons with a specialist teacher, free instrument hire and the opportunity to showcase their developing skills at least twice in the year in a concert setting. Many children are keen to continue instrumental studies throughout their time at Hallfield and enjoy playing in one or many of our ensembles in addition to continuing their instrumental lessons.
The following ensembles rehearse once a week and perform throughout the school year:
Musical Theatre Club