The term started with a flourish at Bromsgrove Preparatory
School as they launched their exciting new music venture.
Forming part of Bromsgrove School’s commitment to and
development of the Performing Arts, all Year 3 pupils now have the opportunity
to learn a string instrument in a group for free. There is no additional cost
to parents for this scheme and pupils have been able to choose for themselves
whether they want to play the violin, viola, cello or double bass.
Launched at the beginning of September, the School’s team of
specialist string teachers, led by Miss Fiona Swadling (Head of Strings), will
work with Mrs Jessica Russell (Prep School Music Teacher) to deliver an
exciting new curriculum for Year 3.
James McKelvey, Director of Music says “Their class music
lessons will be a valuable extra group learning experience in addition to an
individual or shared lesson option, if they choose to take up separate
instrumental lessons. There are huge gains to be found in learning an
instrument including the development of many lifelong skills: concentration,
patience, motor skills and memory, confidence and sense of public performance,
creativity and sensitivity, independence, team work and interaction with peers
and adults. This is a fantastic opportunity and one which the music department
as a whole is hugely excited by.”
The scheme will run throughout the academic
year, culminating in a concert showing off the skills that the pupils have