For the second year running, this evening event was held in AGGS Main Hall. Approx 160 new Y7 parents/students attended and listened to an introductory talk, given by Ms Mayall, explaining the value of learning to play an instrument, the value of learning an ‘endangered’ instrument in particular, and also the music provision provided at school in terms of curriculum music lessons, extra-curricular music clubs (orchestras/bands/ensembles/choirs), in addition to optional instrumental lessons.
This year, 8 current Y7 students performed a short piece, showcasing the progress they had made on their instrument since September – all of these students demonstrated on ‘endangered’ instruments (brass, oboe, bassoon, drum kit, double bass) and their performances were really appreciated by the audience. New Y7s then had the opportunity to try out some of these instruments and apply for lessons. This new initiative is proving really popular and is also proving successful in building up the numbers of students opting for these more unusual instruments, which then feed our orchestras/ensembles etc and give them a life skill that will be highly sought after!
Feedback from parents was extremely positive. This initiative is part of our PTI Associate Department project, of which we have just completed our first year.
Our first ever Y6 Music Induction Evening was a great success with over 80 girls attending along with their parents. Ms Mayall gave a short presentation explaining the value of learning a musical instrument, focusing particularly on the benefits of choosing to learn an ‘endangered instrument’. The girls then had fun trying out a few of these: double bass, oboe, bassoon, drum kit, trumpet, cornet, trombone and French horn. Lots of applications have now come in now to start one of these instruments, in addition to many other instruments that AGGS instrumental staff teach. Thanks must go to our visiting instrumental teachers who gave up their evening to demonstrate and promote their instrument.
The event is for new Y7 parents and their daughters – taking place at 6pm on Monday June 13th. Ms Mayal (Head of Music Department) will be giving a short talk about instrumental music lessons at AGGS and the benefit in general of learning an instrument. There will then be a chance for girls to try out the ‘endangered instruments’, led by some of our team of visiting instrumental teachers: oboe, bassoon, drum kit, trumpet, French horn, trombone, viola.
Ms Mayall will also be available to answer any questions that parents may have.