Music

For more information about our School Music program, please follow the link to our Senior School Music page.

Music education plays an important role at Westminster Preparatory School, as we seek to nurture children’s enjoyment and understanding of music. Our diverse music program consists of weekly classroom lessons, an instrumental tuition program and a co-curricular program. Our Music department is based in the heart of the Senior School, providing our Preparatory School students with the unique opportunity of working in close conjunction with Senior School music students, whilst accessing excellent facilities.

In addition to the Music program that features in the Preparatory School curriculum, there are many elective activities involving music.

Junior Choir

The Junior Choir provides students from Years 2 and 3 with the opportunity to experience choral singing in a fun and relaxed environment. Performance opportunities include School assemblies, concerts and community events.

Canto Choir

The Canto Choir provides students from Years 4 and 5 the opportunity to further extend their singing skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Performance opportunities include School assemblies, concerts and community events.

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is an auditioned group and it is compulsory that all students in Years 6 and 7 audition at the start of every year.

The Concert Choir focuses on achieving a high standard within their School and community performances. Biennially, this group is involved in our Westminster Preparatory School music tour.

Chapel Choir

The Chapel Choir consists of a small number of auditioned students from Years 6 and 7. This group is re-auditioned each year. Their role is to lead and enhance the singing at weekly Preparatory School Chapel services.

Concert Band

Students who learn woodwind, brass or percussion are invited to join the Concert Band. It is preferable that students have reached a desired standard on their instrument before joining. Entry to this group is at the discretion of the Preparatory School music teachers and/or ensemble director.

Years 3/4 and Years 5/6/7 String Ensemble

Students who learn violin, viola or cello are invited to join one of our String Ensembles. We strongly encourage all of our string players to be a part of these ensembles.

Flute Ensemble

Students who learn flute are invited to join the Flute Ensemble. It is preferable that students have reached a desired standard on their instrument before joining. Entry to this group is at the discretion of the Preparatory School music teachers and/or ensemble director.

Year 2 Strings Program, Year 5 Band Program and Year 6 & 7 classroom band lessons

Students at Westminster School have the wonderful opportunity to learn a string or wind instrument as a part of the weekly classroom music program.  In Year 2, students have the opportunity to learn a stringed instrument for a semester and in Year 5 we offer tuition on flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and bass guitar for the entire year.  Students participate in both small group lessons and larger ensemble lessons.  These programs are extremely successful and many students choose to continue private tuition on their instruments at the conclusion of the programs.

As a result of the success of the Year 5 band program, we offer a classroom ensemble lesson as a part of the Years 6 and 7 weekly music lesson.  All students in Years 6 and 7 who learn an instrument are strongly encouraged to be a part of the classroom ensemble.  We have found this has helped our students to progress more quickly on their instruments and thus achieve a higher standard of playing and musicianship.

At Westminster School we have a diverse and vibrant Music Department.  We are always striving to create the best learning opportunities for our students.  We have many performances throughout the year and our concerts are always well attended and very enjoyable.