Making music is an integral part of daily life at QEGS Junior School, with musical opportunities for all ages and abilities.

All boys from Reception to Year 6 have music lessons with specialist music teachers. Music within the curriculum is important to pupils of all ages allowing them to develop a sense of culture and experience a wide variety of musical styles.

The spacious Junior School Music Suite is fully computerised and equipped with midi keyboards, recording pods as well as traditional classroom instruments. All areas of music education embrace technology, including listening and appraisal, performing and composing.

Boys are given the opportunity to experience learning or playing an instrument of their choice or sing in a choir. The school has three choirs – the Year Two Choir, the Lower School Choir (Years 3 and 4) and the Junior School Choir (Years 5 and 6). Choirs take part in local festivals and the latter in National Competitions. The Junior School Choir also tours Holland every two years.

Group music making is hugely encouraged. The orchestra involves around 40 boys from Year 3 upwards. The aim is to provide an opportunity for these boys of varying abilities and instruments to play together regularly, working towards performances in musical events. Other music ensembles include Brass, Jazz and Guitar Groups. There are musical events throughout the year to develop performance skills for all year groups both within school and the local community.

Individual music tuition is offered on a wide range of instruments by a team of Visiting Individual Musicians who greatly enhance Music provision and offer a wide and constantly evolving choice of instruments to be learnt. In Year 2 boys have the opportunity to begin to learn the piano or violin. Theory and aural lessons are also available to help boys prepare for the Associated Board Exams. The school has always enjoyed close links with Wakefield Cathedral and currently provides choristers for the Cathedral Choir through a scheme of Choral Scholarships.

Key Facts

  • Making music is an integral part of daily life at QEGS Junior School
  • There are musical opportunities for all ages and abilities
  • Nearly half of all boys take an individual instrument lesson
  • Team of 25+ Visiting Instrumental Musicians enhance provision
  • Choral Scholarships are available linked to Wakefield Cathedral