Music plays an integral role at Kew House School and is inclusive for all students and abilities.
The Music department at Kew House School is an All Steinway School Initiative with a brand-new Steinway & Sons designed Boston medium grand piano in the theatre, and brand-new Steinway & Sons designed Essex upright pianos in the practice rooms.
The Music department consists of two full time teachers of music, a music assistant plus twenty peripatetic instrumental teachers. There are 12 Apple Mac computers with software including Sibelius, GarageBand and Logic ProX, four practice rooms, alongside the main teaching room and the theatre space.
The Music department offers a wide variety of musical opportunities for all our pupils ranging from: beatboxing and steel pan workshops, workshops with the London Community Gospel Choir, regular concerts for all ensembles, trips to leading performance venues in London such as the Royal Opera House, trips to musicals such as Wicked and Matilda, as well as choir tours to Europe (Venice in May 2016 and Tuscany in June 2018), in addition to the weekly class music lessons. As an academic subject, taught on a weekly basis, music engages all pupils in the key skills of performing, composing and appraising.
There are a number of vocal ensembles: Year 7 choir, Year 8 choir, Cantate (Senior choir), Year 7 & 8 Chamber choir, Kew Voices (a cappella choir) and the Parent and Staff choir, as well as instrumental ensembles: Orchestra, Jazz band, Rock band, Classical guitar, String, Brass and Flute ensemble, all of which rehearse on a weekly basis.
We offer a full range of instrumental music lessons in school. Lessons take place on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after school between 4-6pm to minimise any disruption to other academic subjects.