MUSIC & DRAMA
All pupils have classroom music lessons taught by a specialist teacher and are introduced to a wide variety of music. Creativity, teamwork, confidence and self-motivation are all skills that we aim to promote with an emphasis on the joys of listening, appraising, performing and composing.
We have dedicated peripatetic teachers who offer individual lessons for singing, orchestral instruments, guitar and drum kit. The children are prepared for ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) examinations, which are taken termly. Furthermore, Conifers presently has a plethora of music clubs and activities for students to immerse themselves in including music technology club, choirs, an orchestra and the recent addition of ukulele club.
Children can also take peripatetic music lessons in a variety of instruments including voice, piano, flute, clarinet, French horn, ocarina, recorder, saxophone, guitar, and violin. Most musical disciplines can be accommodated and Conifers pupils have regularly been awarded music scholarships to their senior schools.
DRAMA & PERFORMANCES
We firmly believe that the atmosphere at Conifers encourages all pupils enjoy opportunities to shine on stage. All children are encouraged to perform and everyone is included in our annual school shows and productions. The Nativity is performed by our Reception Class with all Early Years children, across the Nursery and Pre School also taking part. Year 1 to 3 entertain their families with a musical production each spring with recent productions including The Litter Muncher and Blooming Gorgeous. Our Prep productions, performed by Years 4 to 8, take place in the summer term with the children performing in shows such as The Lion King, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
Each year our annual Carol Service is held at St. Mary’s Church in Easebourne, a traditional service led by Reverend Derek Welsman, and is complemented earlier in the week by a jubilant compilation of popular festive anthems around the Christmas tree. We also celebrate Harvest, commemorate Remembrance, hold regular recitals and an annual Festival of the Arts. Our outstanding LAMDA tuition also offers pupils with a passion to focus on music and dramatic arts the chance to make great progress following their passion.
As children progress through the school they can add additional activities to their co-curricular programme, thus creating their own bespoke timetable. We are always open to new suggestions from staff, pupils and parents.
LAMDA and Drama teacher