The overall aim of the music programme at Edgeborough is to encourage and promote the children’s enjoyment of music making in a wide variety of contexts. Music at Edgeborough is taught as a dynamic, evolving and practical subject, geared to all abilities and enthusiasms.
Pupils from Years 2-8 have at least an hour of curriculum music with a specialist per week. Many pupils (currently around 80%) choose to take individual instrumental or singing lessons. Performance opportunities are wide and frequent, both in school and in the wider community. Performing and being involved in Music is very much part of the fabric of the school.
Whilst the Music Department has a ‘music for all’ philosophy, it also has a very strong track record of pupils awarded scholarships at Senior Schools. In the past few years, Music Scholarships have been awarded at Cranleigh, Charterhouse, Hurst Lodge, Lord Wandsworth College, Priors Field and Wellington College.
It is another exciting year for dance at Edgeborough. The children are participating in lessons such as RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern, ISTD Tap, Street Dance and Musical Production. All of the children from Nursery up to Year 7 are working hard and achieving excellent results.
Last year, numerous children from Lower and Upper Prep were entered for Modern, Tap and Ballet examinations of which all children received a Merit or a Distinction. A big congratulations to those children in Pre-prep who took their first dance exam and also achieved great results.
Alongside examinations the children had the opportunity to perform in front of large audiences:-
Firstly, the Arts Festival, of which dance is always a highlight. Year 6 performed a Modern dance ‘Mad House’, Years 4-6 delighted us with a Ballet piece ‘I Giorni’, Year 3 performed a Modern routine ‘Mr Pinstripe’ and delighted us with a fabulous performance from our Musical Production girls performing ‘Our Favourite Son’. The children enjoyed every minute of rehearsing for this special evening and the performances from the children exemplified the excellent standard of dance here at Edgeborough.
The numbers of children involved with dance at Edgeborough have grown substantially over the past few years. Last year Miss Kimberley had the delight in putting together Edgeborough’s first dance show ‘All About The Stage.’ This involved children who participated in dance or musical production from Year 1 upwards. The show was a great success and the costumes, routines and talent all came together to produce something very special. The children performed th show twice during the same day and It was a delight to have such a full audience on both occasions.
If your child is interested in dance, please contact the school office for more details.