Terrington Hallâ€™s music department is housed in a converted chapel near the school playing fields with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Music plays a vital and enjoyable part of school life here at Terrington. With the aim of developing our pupils into discerning listeners, we offer many opportunities for them to learn and participate in all areas of music-making.
Class music is taught from Nursery up to Year 8 under the Performing Arts programme. The syllabus ranges over music notation, dynamics, pitch, timbre and rhythm, as well as improvisation and composition. It develops an appreciation of orchestral instruments, delivering hands-on percussion sessions in pitched and non-pitched instruments.
Instrumental lessons are offered in piano, singing, flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, violin, cello, guitar (classical and electric), percussion, trumpet, cornet, euphonium, horn, trombone and bagpipes. All teachers are well-qualified and enter pupils for Associated Board Exams where appropriate.
Alongside our Concert Band we have several ensembles including senior and junior choirs, woodwind and brass groups, and a rock band. Students perform regularly at school concerts at Christmas and at the end of the Summer term. The choir and band perform at church services for school events and also within the local community. Recently this has included performances at All Saints Church, Castle Howard and The Abbey residential home. There are also visits to other schools for workshops and concerts.
There are many other opportunities for our pupils to perform as soloists, whether in our Pre-Prep and Prep-School assemblies, or informally in music recitals held in The Study.
Each year, all pupils participate in musical productions. Recent shows by Lower Prep pupils have included Robin Hood and the Sherwood Hoodies and Pirates of the Curry Bean.