Music is at the heart of The Ryleys, beginning in the Nursery, right through to Year Six.
The ethos of the music department is to nurture every child, regardless of ability and to build up your child’s confidence through excellent teaching in a calm and positive environment.
Success, however small, is praised and achieved by regular exposure to performing in public, whether in the classroom, an assembly or a more formal setting like a music festival, or outside engagement. This is invaluable in confidence building as your child will get a real sense of achievement as they perform to you and the rest of the school.
Professional Music Teachers, all Conservatoire trained, visit the school on a weekly basis to teach pupils to play their instrument of choice. A plethora of instruments are offered to pupils from Reception upwards. Singing is at the foundation of each music lesson, along with rhythm, through percussion, theory of music, history, and music appreciation.
We have several choirs, which can offer your child the opportunity to sing on a weekly basis. There is the chance to play in several ensembles including an orchestra, string, percussion, brass, guitar, and cello.
All musicians are prepared and encouraged to sit the Associated Board Grade Exams, with pupils regularly reaching Grade 5 before leaving. Guitarists and drummers enter the Rock School Exams.
All pupils from reception to Year 6 take part in a musical play annually. One of the highlights of the musical calendar is the Spring Concert; involving well over 150 pupils, as well as teachers, friends and parents of the school. The concert is a wonderful celebration of music at The Ryleys.
There is something for everyone musically at The Ryleys, and I encourage all pupils to participate in something musical.