Music is a recognised strength of the school. We have a strong musical tradition and a high percentage of our children take up an instrument during their junior years. A broad curriculum is offered including singing, instrumental work and musical appreciation.
At present violin, cello, piano, trumpet, trombone and woodwind lessons are available to interested children in the juniors but younger children may take the opportunity to learn the recorder.
The choir and orchestra take a leading part in the Rickmansworth and District Primary Schools Music Festival in the spring term.
Russell School Extra-Curricular Musical Opportunities
If you would like to get involved with music at the Russell School we would love to hear from you either as a musical parent to help run our activities or a child to join our groups. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a small selection of the many exciting activities we currently run at school. All these groups perform in a variety of events through the year.
Brass Band on a Thursday evening, run by Christine. Our band has performed at Chorleywood Village Night, Remembrance Day Parade, the School Fair and various concerts. All brass instruments are welcome preferably once you can play an octave.
Choir: This is for children from KS2. The school choir have taken part in some fantastic concerts in recent years including performing in front of thousands at the O2 and Wembley Arena not to mention Christmas carols at the School Fair, Chorleywood Village Night and The Beaumont Care Home.
Drums: A new club from October 2016. Alex Morse, professional kit drummer runs the club on Monday lunchtimes for the children to play together on the drums with backing tracks. We are looking forward to hearing them perform in assembly time. Alex also teaches drums on Monday evenings.
Flute Club: We have so many talented flautists at school! This is their opportunity to get together and play some really awesome flute music together. This groups is for KS2 children, once they are able to play at least an octave on the flute.
Junior Vocals: A new group starting after Easter, this will be a really small classical singing group for KS2 children who really love to sing. We will be starting with folk songs from around the British Isles.
Mini Maestros – Year One children have an opportunity to try out a simple introduction to music run by Christine. They will explore musical basics the easy way by playing games, and the course includes an introduction to percussion, singing, brass, woodwind and piano through the year. A great way to see if the kids are interested with minimal commitment.
Orchestra: KS2 children who have been playing for more than one year can come along on Wednesday mornings. All orchestral instruments and recorders welcome. We start with musical games, explore improvisation and then master some music.
Recorder: Small groups of Year Two children and above learning how to play the recorder and basic music theory. These groups are run by Lisa.
Trumpet Club: Learning the trumpet and music theory in a small relaxed group run by Christine on a Thursday morning.
Violin Club: We have run this in various versions for KS1 children to give them an opportunity to have a play! There are musical games and the sessions are a gradual introduction to the violin in a really fun way.
Instrumental Lessons: Lessons are available at school for cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, ukulele and the drums. Please contact the school office for further details. We operate a school rule whereby children can learn one instrument during school hours, to minimise lessons missed. If you would like to learn an instrument outside of school, please contact email@example.com for a list of private teachers.