The Music Department is purpose built and houses one main teaching room, a midi-linked keyboard/computer room, two offices, two instrumental storage rooms and nine practice rooms. The school also has a 350 seater theatre which offers a wonderful venue for the pupils concerts and for visiting artists.
The aim of the department is to promote music for all the pupils attending the school. Every pupil is given the opportunity to develop their own musical ability. Throughout the school the pupils have one or two class lessons a week, during which they learn how to work in groups and understand the fundamental principles of composition and performance. The department is equipped with many percussion instruments as well as orchestral instruments with which to aid pupils understanding of instrumentation.
70% of the pupils at Holmewood have individual music lessons on at least one instrument. Each year no fewer than 150 Associated Board examinations take place during three visits by the Associated Board examiners. The department has three full time music teachers and 12 visiting teachers of various instruments. In order to develop the pupils instrumental talents the department runs 6 choirs, many small groups (string quartets, clarinet groups, recorder groups, percussion groups, saxophone groups, Baroque groups and a swing band) and 2 orchestras. These groups are organised by the members of the Music Department and the children are also encouraged to start up their own groups. We have many concerts throughout the year so that every child who would like to perform in public has the opportunity to do so either as a soloist or as a member of a group. The musicians also perform outside the school in charity concerts or events. They have recently had the opportunity to join in with performances of Carmina Burana, St.Nicholas, St Matthew Passion and a number of operas with the First Act Opera Company.
The school offers music scholarships each year to pupils currently at state schools. It also expects to win music scholarships to senior schools at thirteen. Recently awards have been gained at Sevenoaks School, Tonbridge School, The Kings School Canterbury, Harrow, Eastbourne College, St. Leonards-Mayfield, and Chethams Music College.
The department has run tours to Germany, France and Italy and we hope that we will be able to continue to offer the pupils at Holmewood House every opportunity to experience as much of the world of music as possible during their time here.
"Holmewood goes the proverbial extra mile which sets apart a great school from simply a good one."