Music at Cordwalles is Alive and Thriving!
The last few years at Cordwalles have been very exciting as we have become our very own Department, in a wonderful environment. The previous Pre-Primary section of the school is a perfect venue for all the ‘musos’! All lessons take place at one of the five different rooms.
Whilst noisy drumming lessons may be taking place, one can still concentrate on the intricacies of a Baroque Grade 3 piano piece without being disturbed.
Nearly 150 boys are now learning an individual instrument with the interest being spread and shared amongst drum kit, piano, violin, clarinet, saxophone, flute, ukulele, recorder and guitar. The more formal instruments are costly, so we are working on building up a selection for hire. Hopefully this will encourage boys to experiment more.
Boys in Grades 2, 3 & 4 receive a formal lesson in recorder and theory once a week, and from identifying them at this level we hope to promote more private instruction in woodwind instruments. An exciting change this year has been the introduction of violin instruction for Grade 3 and 4. This has been an exciting launch and the boys are thoroughly enjoying this difficult instrument.
The Junior choir meet once a week and all boys who are in Grades 3 & 4 are encouraged to join and enjoy singing and basic part singing. This is an excellent preparation for the Senior Choir, which has over 50 boys. Here, boys learn to sing in Soprano and Alto. The standard that they have reached has been commendable. The boys lead both the Easter and Christmas services, as well as the annual Combined Choirs event, which Cordwalles hosts. When possible, they have also sung at outside venues and with great success at old age homes and other schools, bringing much joy and entertainment to their audiences.
Drum lines 1 & 2 are a good outlet to the boys’ drum kit lessons. Boys who are at the required level of reading music and drumming skills are able to join the group and have done us proud on many official occasions.
Djembe Troupe is an excellent group for boys who are perhaps not as committed in other musical areas of the school, but who are just as enthusiastic and capable. This is a very lively group of over 25 boys who meet to explore new rhythms and movement, and is a popular activity.
Due to the ‘explosion’ of guitar tuition over the past two years, a guitar group has been meeting once a week to combine forces! This has been most successful, and even boys who learn outside the school are most welcome to participate. Basic chord knowledge is necessary, but boys learn quickly and are keen to catch up too.
The Orchestra will be taking on a different look and sound this year while boys build up to the level of which they are most capable. It is a happy place, where sounds from the ukulele, violin, clarinet, saxophone, keyboard, drum kit and percussion emanate. The Junior Orchestra will continue to meet once a week to establish the future recruits to the main orchestra. This is a most enthusiastic group of boys who have also performed in public and made their parents and teachers most proud.
The Rock Band continues to wow all audiences with their constantly changing repertoire of old and new. Now, with the large number of guitar learners, we are spoilt for choice in our selection process. Singers are also auditioned and are chosen on merit. Pop Idols grows from strength to strength every year, and has become a highlight in the year for the boys and staff.
With so many boys involved in the Music Department, we are proud of their achievements and commitment and look forward to many wonderful concerts.
The Cordwalles Music Department 2016 offers tuition in the following:
- Beginner Violin
- Drum Kit (Drum-line if taking lessons and a specific level reaches)
- Folk guitar (Guitar group)
Please note the following conditions and points of interest, which apply to the Music Tuition Programme: