Prep School Music

Music at Shebbear Prep School


Music is central to the life and experience offered to all pupils at Shebbear College. Each day pupils will be found involved in music making, from singing to instrumental playing.

As an academic subject, Music is taught to all classes by qualified specialist music teachers. Each year group receives a weekly 65 minute lesson. Pupils have access to the Music Department facilities, which includes a Keyboard Room, Mac Suite of 20 Computers, and a classroom containing a variety of percussion instruments. By following a practical, hands on approach, pupils’ knowledge and appreciation of music is developed through the study of a wide variety of genres.

Music at Shebbear Prep School

Each half term the curriculum focuses on a different element and style of music, for example rhythm and African Drumming, texture and Programme music, harmony and The Blues.

All pupils at the College sing on a regular basis. Each week the pupils receive a dedicated singing session. The College is very fortunate in having highly specialist singing coaches who train and coach the pupils. Pupils are able to celebrate their singing at the annual Harvest Festival, Christmas Carol Services held in the College’s Chapel.

School productions involve pupils from all years in joint drama and musical ventures on a large scale! Recent productions have included Joseph and His Amazing Coloured Dream Coat

Class instrumental tuition is integral to the pupils’ musical development; Years 2 and 3 receive small group violin lessons as part of the College’s String Programme. Years 3 and 4 study the recorder, Years 5 and 6 the keyboard as well as all classes learning to play percussion instruments from djembes to glockenspiels. Pupils use music technology from an early age to develop their understanding of music theory and this includes the use of Sibelius software and Garage Band to explore compositional techniques.

Music at Shebbear Prep School

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Individual Instrumental Tuition

Music instrumental tuition is provided by a highly qualified dedicated team of instrumental teachers. Tuition is available on all orchestral instruments, piano/keyboard, guitar and percussion/drum kit.

Each term, Shebbear College hosts Associated Board Instrumental and Theory Exams; pupils are provided with professional coaching and accompanists in preparation for these exams.

Throughout the week pupils can be found rehearsing as members of the: String Ensemble; Wind Ensemble; Orchestra; Prep School Choir.

All pupils are encouraged to become involved in extra-curricular music and are always welcome to come and listen to rehearsals and performances. All pupils perform at the yearly music Concert in the College’s Memorial Hall and the majority of pupils will perform as a soloist; with pianists having the opportunity to play on the Yamaha Grand Piano.

Music at Shebbear is vibrant and provides a real opportunity for all to develop their musical talent, ability, and full potential.

Shebbear College is an independent UK school, a co-educational day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 to 18, located in rural North Devon.