St. Hilda’s has a vibrant music department. In addition to class music, individual tuition is offered on a wide range of instruments and girls are entered for the Associated Board and/or Trinity examinations.
Individual Instrumental Tuition
Tuition is currently offered on the following instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone and singing. This tuition is an optional extra and lessons are given in school time by peripatetic teachers who invoice their pupils separately. Lessons are offered on a weekly basis, with approximately 30 half hour lessons being taught over the academic year. These are organised on a rota basis, thus ensuring that no child misses the same class lesson in consecutive weeks. Pupils may receive lessons on more than one instrument. All Form VI pupils (Autumn Term and first half of Spring Term) and Form V pupils (second half of the Spring Term and Summer Term) will receive their individual music lessons at break times or during Assembly. Fees are paid in advance directly to the peripatetic teacher. Half a term’s notice in writing is required if a pupil is to discontinue tuition.
A range of ABRSM music theory classes are held each week. The classes cater for beginners, right up to Grade V. A small fee is charged for attending these groups.
Choir meets after school every Thursday at 3.45 – 4.30pm. Membership is by invitation only.
Junior Choir welcomes girls from Form I and Form II. Rehearsals take place every Tuesday, 11.00 – 11.20am.
Showtime Singers welcomes all keen singers from Form III upwards. Rehearsals take place every Friday, 11.00 – 11.30am.
This is held every Friday at 3.45 – 4.30pm and any girl from Form III upwards, learning an instrument either in or outside school, is welcome to join, provided she has reached the necessary standard.
String Group is open to all keen string players who have been learning to play a stringed instrument for at least two terms. A small fee is charged for attending this group.
The Flute Group rehearses every Tuesday, 1.30-2.00pm. Membership is by invitation only, and a small fee is charged for attending this group.
Girls learn to play the descant recorder in their class music lessons in Form II. Thereafter, they are encouraged to join one of the four Recorder Clubs, there being one club for each year group. The girls are introduced to the treble and tenor recorders in Form V. Recorder Club rehearsals take place either at break time or lunch time, once a week.
House Music Competition
The House Music Competition is held in the Summer Term. The Form VI Arts Captains select an instrumentalist, a singer and a pianist, from Form III/IV and Form V/VI, to represent their House in the competition. The Arts Captains also choose a song and create their own set of lyrics and choreography for their House to perform in the competition. An external adjudicator is invited to judge the competition, which always promises to be an exciting event in the music calendar.
These take place during the Spring Term, giving every girl the opportunity to perform a solo and/or duet, whatever her standard. Parents are invited to attend the concert given by their daughter’s class.
These usually take place towards the end of the Autumn and Summer Terms and include performances by each class, by the various ensembles and by selected soloists.
Any queries regarding music should be addressed to the Head of the Music Department via the School Office.