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Prep Performing Arts

“When I’m on the stage, I really feel like ME!”

Freddy, Prep 6

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Performing Arts

Music is central to many aspects of life at Trinity Prep – from the enjoyment of singing hymns (both traditional and contemporary) in our daily act of worship, to the Chamber Choir who lead all the major Church Festivals celebrated throughout the year and take part in local music festivals and outside visits. We also provide the opportunity for your child to learn any musical instrument of their choice and in this we receive the support of a team of visiting peripatetic instrumental teachers who teach everything from the piano to strings, woodwind, brass, singing and drum kit.

From the moment your child arrives at Trinity Prep they will be involved in music and singing. Our prep school assembly always includes a hymn and once a week we hold a hymn practice where these hymns are learnt. Hymn singing is a great life skill and something we believe children should be taught from an early age. We also have a KS2 choir which involves all the children in Yrs. 3 – 6 joining in and having fun together making music. This forms the basis for rehearsing for the Inter-house Music Festival in February and Summer Concert in June, when we usually sing a selection of songs from popular musicals. Our Chamber Choir, mentioned earlier, has entry by audition and tackles a more demanding repertoire.

In class, music lessons include singing and regular use of hand held percussion instruments, encouraging rhythmical development as well as vocal. All children receive one 50 minute music lesson a week, when they leave their classroom teacher and make use of our state of the art music suite, where they are taught by a dedicated music specialist. The music room is well equipped with an inter-active white board, electric keyboards and a comprehensive selection of percussion instruments. In KS1 children learn basic music skills through singing, percussion, musical movement and inter-active music software through Music Express, before moving on to KS2 where they spend the next 4 years studying the keyboard (through which they learn to read music) and following the National Curriculum, again using inter-active software. In years 5 and 6 we also begin to prepare pupils for music in the Senior Department by producing written projects such as ‘Instruments of the Orchestra’ and ‘Lives of the Great Composers’.

Extra-curricular music also plays a central part in life at Trinity. The Prep Chamber Choir rehearse on two lunch times a week and regularly perform as part of Harvest Festival, Christmas and Easter celebrations. They have been awarded ‘Best Primary School’ at the Torbay and South West of England Performing Arts Festival for 5 out of the last 6 years. The choir also perform at the Devon County Show, go carol singing at local supermarkets at Christmas and visit other local attractions such as Powderham Castle to perform. On the instrumental side we run a string ensemble, there are opportunities to play in wood-wind groups and play in bands. We also run a recorder club and a ukulele orchestra after school.

Joint ventures between the Music and Drama departments are also a regular feature, with fully staged musicals taking place, including a Christmas production which alternates annually between KS1 and KS2. Recent joint productions between the drama club and music department include the lively musicals ‘Doo-Wop Wed Riding Hood’ and ‘The Rocky Monster Show’ which were both very popular with the pupils and parents alike. Indeed, the two departments work closely together throughout the year on various projects, including choreography for the Chamber Choir and staging for formal occasions such as the Carol Service.

Another regular feature is our ‘Tea-time Concerts’. These are held at regular intervals throughout the year and are smaller scale concerts which take place in the music room. They are designed to give children an opportunity to perform, often for the first time, before a live audience of invited parents. This is a vital stepping stone onto the larger stage where they have the opportunity to perform at much larger events such as the Grand Summer Concert and Inter-House Music Festival.

In summing up, there is never a dull moment in the Prep Music department! Every child is given the opportunity to bring out and nurture their musical talents, thus giving them a life skill which we trust will develop and give enjoyment for the rest of their lives.

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