StPeters Nov18 81Music-making at St Olave’s contributes a sense of vitality and energy to the life of the School and plays an important part in helping children to feel part of the School community.

In a thriving department of 22 visiting specialist teachers, over two thirds of the School receive tuition on individual instruments in purpose-built rooms in our large music school. When appropriate, pupils are entered for the graded exams of the Associated Board and Trinity/Guildhall, with over 70% achieving Merit or Distinction.

In Years 4 and 5 all pupils have three class lessons per week, one of which is devoted to learning to play a variety of string and brass instruments, giving the opportunity for all pupils to play in class orchestras.  (We do not include woodwind instruments but hope that this will be introduced once the wider opportunity scheme is in place at Clifton).

There are many co-curricular opportunities catering for all levels of ability including Wind Band, String Orchestra, Flute Group, Clarinet and Saxophone Group, Brass Group, Recorder Group, Cello Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Rock Band. All pupils audition for our Chapel Choir at the end of Year 5 and there are two additional choirs for Junior and Senior pupils.

School concerts take place at the end of each term in our purpose-built concert hall; in addition to these are informal concerts twice-termly and musical performances introducing the weekly assembly for the whole School.

All children in Years 4 and 6 are involved in an annual musical performed to parents over two evenings.

In addition to the many opportunities to perform in school, groups of musicians also go out into the community on occasions. Our Chapel Choir perform regularly in York Minster and we also take part in the annual HMC Music Day in Harrogate.

The House Music Competition and House Singing give further opportunities for pupils to take part in group music-making in an informal and enjoyable setting, instilling confidence in our young performers and a sense of identity and pride in their achievements.







Using Voices

Exploring Pulse and Rhythm

Class Instrumental

Exploring Melodies and Scales

Class Instrumental

Reading and Writing Music

Performing a Show

Class Instrumental


The Orchestra

Exploring Rounds

Listening and Appraising

Composing and Appraising

Musical Processes


Maths and Music

Scales and Modes

Performing a Show

Past, Present and Future



Bridging Unit

Latin beat

What Makes a Good Song?



Making Connections : Improvisation

The Blues