To inspire and educate the next generation of musicians through an academic, practical and aesthetic based music curriculum.
Music is central to Shrewsbury House School. The ethos of the Music Department is that opportunity is open to all and not just a select few. At Shrewsbury House, every boy is actively encouraged to participate in a wide range of musical activities, in the classroom, in performances and on school trips. We pride ourselves in supporting and encouraging boys to reach their full potential, whether it is in a School Assembly, as a soloist or as a member of one of our prestigious instrumental or choral groups. With numerous events running throughout the school year, this dynamic Department provides many opportunities for all levels.
With a talented Department of professionals running music groups, giving individual music lessons and teaching in the classroom, the boys experience music that is relevant to their lives, seeing how both classical and popular music is composed, and then playing it in their music groups. There are great opportunities for talented musicians to shine and develop. Currently the majority of our boys learn an additional musical instrument, largely within school, and this number is growing all the time. We also have an excellent track record with our Associated Board results with a high proportion of boys achieving a Merit or Distinction. We are also very proud of our success in Music Scholarships with recent Awards achieved from Charterhouse, Epsom College, King's College School, and St. John's School.
Equally, every boy is actively encouraged to be involved in practical music making regardless of ability and the diversity of opportunities in the Music Department ensures that this is possible. Every year each year group performs both a concert and a theatrical production. Every boy has the opportunity to show their true potential in front of both their peers and their parents whether it is on stage or as a musician. We hold a annual Musical Dinner and have recently introduced a House Music competition.
The boys have the advantage of being taught by experienced professional musicians, who bring their expertise and experience into the classroom, individual music lessons, music groups and school trips. This ensures that they are exposed to up to date techniques of music making, and that music is relevant and exciting, inspiring music scholars and beginners alike.
Boys leaving Shrewsbury House have a good grounding in both the practical and theoretical aspects of music, enabling them to have a real appreciation of music. Whether they go on to be musicians in their future schools or not, we aim to give them a rewarding musical experience and a broad understanding of music and its value in society.
W. Morris, BA (Hons), MA (Dist)
Director of Music