Individual Music Tuition
Enshrined within the history of the King's College School, music is regarded as an essential part of pupils' education and therefore has a prominent place in the school curriculum. Especially designed for the school the music curriculum acknowledges the work of several eminent music educators (e.g. Kodály) and caters for the musical needs of all, while also fully embracing and exceeding the requirements set in the National Curriculum.
All pupils are encouraged to sing whether it be in class, assembly or through membership of one of the eight school choirs: Year 2 Choir, Junior School Choir (Year 3 and 4), King's Junior Singers (an auditioned choir for Year 3 and 4), Middle School Choir (Year 5 and 6), Senior School Choir (Year 7 and 8), King's Singers (an auditioned boys' choir for Year 5 - Year 8), King's Chamber Choir (an auditioned girls' choir for Year 5 - Year 8) and the King's College Choristers. The choirs take part at regular intervals in concerts and festivals both inside and outside school as well as foreign tours e.g. King's College Choristers - America 2015.
Pupils are encouraged to have instrumental and/or vocal tuition. The school offers tuition on a wide range of instruments. However, to help make the decision (particularly for the Year 2 and 3 pupils) as to which instrument to learn there are a series Instrumental Demonstrations given by the Visiting Music Teachers on a number of instruments.
It is envisaged that pupils who learn an instrument will join one or more of the school's many instrumental ensembles. These include, String Band, Sinfonietta, Sinfonia, Wind Band, King's Wind, Canzonetta, King's Brass, Jazz Combo, Guitar Ensemble, KCS Orchestra as well as many chamber groups including, flute ensembles, string trios, string quartets, cello ensemble and a piano quintet.
Pupils may wish to participate in the on-going series of extra tuition for theory (for grades 3, 4 and 5) and aural preparation is offered on a termly basis for those who are taking an instrumental or vocal examination. A scholarship class is also available for those pupils who wish to undertake a Senior School Music Scholarship audition.
As well as music-making during assemblies, there are always many musical events during the year, ranging from regular Informal Concerts, Form Concerts, Showcase Concerts (occasionally joint concerts with other schools) Instrumental Competitions', music festivals, several musicals as well as the School Services, and a Christmas Carol Service.