Music is an integral part of life at The Minster School for every student. All pupils receive weekly class music lessons as part of the curriculum, where they are encouraged to participate in, and enjoy, a wide variety of musical styles and forms.
In the pre-prep department, children are introduced to the music of many cultures as part of their overall curriculum. There are weekly, class singing sessions as well as instrumental, percussion and music & movement lessons.
Class work encompasses performing (both instrumental work and group singing), listening and composing. These elements are linked to topics being studied in other subject areas. In addition, all pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5 are members of the school’s Junior Choir, frequently singing in York Minster as well as other venues.
90% of pupils in the prep department play at least one musical instrument, receiving weekly lessons from one of our 14 visiting instrumental teachers – many of whom are professional musicians and performers in their own right. There is a choir, an orchestra, 2 string orchestras, 2 wind bands and many chamber ensembles. All pupils are regularly involved in performances, which include the school’s Carol Service & Harvest Festival Service in York Minster and a wide variety of concerts.
The school and its pupils have a formidable record of success in music scholarships to independent senior schools. However, our main objective is to imbue children with a love of music and an enthusiasm for participating in its performance.