Year 3 Strings Initiative


All pupils in Year 3 are part of an exciting new venture for music at Bromsgrove Preparatory School, which forms part of Bromsgrove School’s commitment to and development of the Performing Arts: as part of their class music lessons, each pupil will learn a string instrument in a group: violin, viola, cello or double bass. There is no additional cost to parents for this scheme.

There are huge gains to be found in learning an instrument including the development of many lifelong skills: concentration, patience, motor skills and memory, con?dence and sense of public performance, creativity and sensitivity, independence, team work and interaction with peers and adults, experimentation, understanding of our own culture and heritage as well as others, leadership, tolerance and respect. In future years and at higher levels, learning a musical instrument also counts towards university applications.

Our team of specialist string teachers, led by Miss Fiona Swadling (Head of Strings), will work with Mrs Jessica Russell (Prep School Music Teacher) to deliver an exciting new curriculum for Year 3. We are aware that, in addition to those who begin playing an instrument in September for the very first time, some pupils may already have begun tuition, and their needs will be catered to as part of the programme. Their class music lessons will be a valuable extra group learning experience in addition to an individual or shared lesson option, if they choose to take up separate instrumental lessons.

All string instruments will be loaned free of charge for the duration of Year 3, and we ask that parents encourage weekly regular practice at home so that progress can be made in between the group lessons. The culmination of the lessons will be a concert near the end of the Michaelmas Term which all of our Year 3 pupils will participate in.

The scheme will run throughout the academic year, and future events will be published online and in the white book. We anticipate that a start such as this would enable your child to continue with playing an instrument in Year 4 and beyond to reap the many rewards that music can bring and to give lifelong enjoyment and fulfilment.

This is a fantastic opportunity and one which the music department as a whole is hugely excited by.


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