At Dauntsey’s, there is an enthusiasm for music in all its forms. From the Lower School, where music is part of the timetable, to old Dauntseians and parents who join our community choir and sing alongside pupils in major pieces, it is a favourite pleasure.
An impressive 40 per cent of our pupils learn an instrument, making us one of the rare schools where the majority performing in any group, band or orchestra are pupils.
Tuition is available on the full range of orchestral instruments, as well as piano, organ, classical guitar, electric guitar and singing. We currently give in the region of 550+ instrument lessons per week and have 20 visiting teachers.
A growing number of pupils go on to study music at GCSE and A level. Far from being a soft option, pupils master a challenging curriculum that encompasses the Western classical tradition through to the music of Cuba. Pupils are also required to compose and perform as a soloist and ensemble musician.director of music, gareth harris
The Department is served by four full-time members of staff. Class Music is taught to all pupils in the Lower School (Years 1 - 3). The curriculum aims to cover a range of music activities that give pupils an experience of performing in ensemble, singing, and composing or improvising; as well as an introduction to the developments of Western "Classical" Music from the middle ages up to the present day, and selected World Musics.
Middle School pupils opt to take Edexcel GCSE Music and Sixth Form students can choose to study either Music or Music Technology (or both) at Advanced Level, following the Edexcel syllabus.