Great response to Prep School instrumental trials as pupils try out a range of classical instruments to begin ‘lifelong journey’ with music - Framlingham College

Our Prep school pupils have been given the chance to try out various classical instruments to see if there is a particular instrument that strikes a chord with them personally. The programme is part of the music department’s dedication to giving pupils as much exposure as possible to a range of different opportunities and hopefully kickstart a lifelong love of music in whichever instrumental discipline pupils take to individually. The scheme has been well-received by pupils and parents alike. with more than 10 different instruments chosen for the trials.

Head of Music at the Prep School, Mrs Hankey, said: “The aim will be that Year 2 will routinely have this opportunity in the Summer Term to sign up for trial lessons with one of our peripatetic music teachers. At the end of each trial, the pupils will get a ‘recommendation report’ which they can take home to parents saying which instrument is the right size for their pupil and next steps if they would like to move forward.

“The overall aim of these instrumental trials is to get pupils into playing music. What we are hoping for is that by engaging our pupils with playing musical instruments early, we can ignite a passion that develops and flourishes throughout their time at the College. That journey starts here.”

The music department at Framlingham College has an impressive alumni, with classical singers, Christina Johnston and Laura Wright having attended the College before going on to develop successful careers in the music industry.

The Instrumental Trials programme has been successful elsewhere and will be offered to parents at half the normal price for private music lessons. Mrs Hankey added: “What a fantastic opportunity to test the waters. These trials are just one of the ways that pupils get the chance to experiment with different instruments. Each term at the Prep school, Year 3 pupils complete a module on various types of instrument, getting the chance to play several instruments from the brass, woodwind, strings and percussion instrumental category in their Music lessons.”

Mrs Hankey is working with pupils to be prepared for the summer concerts and regularly puts on lunchtime recitals for the whole Prep school to enjoy. This is about every child enjoying music and creating the opportunity to learn to enjoy performing too.

For additional challenge, a new scheme has been set up at for our Prep school Music Scholars to share their expertise and enthusiasm for music to younger-age pupils. Mrs Hankey continued: “Our Music Scholars are taking on leadership roles within the school so they can have more of an impact on music here, sharing their passion and develop leadership skills.”

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