Thornton College’s Music Department aims to inspire our young musicians of all abilities to enjoy all aspects of music making. Performance is at the heart of what we do in the Music Department. Students are actively welcomed into ensembles and encouraged to be part of a co-curricular musical activity during their time at the school.
Instrumental ensembles such as Orchestra and Jazzworks include students from a range of year groups, and this provides such an opportunity for younger girls to learn from older students and be inspired and motivated to continue developing their own skills.
Thornton has a strong Choral tradition and approximately 70% of the girls in the Senior School sing with one of the 4 Choirs. The Choirs are non-selective, however the commitment and discipline required from the girls who sing in these ensembles assures high standards are maintained. The Chamber Choir is the only select and auditioned ensemble in the school.
All musical ensembles at Thornton have the shared aim of enjoying music making and performing pieces to a high standard.
Performance opportunities for the girls are offered regularly with a variety of concerts throughout the year.
- Instrumental teachers concerts offer an opportunity for girls who have only just started or are nervous about performing in a larger concert
- The Soloist Concert every term allows for a more formal performance and is especially useful for those girls preparing for exams
- The Christmas Concert and Summer Concerts allow the Orchestra and Jazz Band as well as the Choirs a large scale performing opportunity
- Harvest Festival and Awards Ceremonies offer further performance opportunities for the girls
- The Music department has also staged Night at the Musicals cabaret style performances and the stage musical Grease.
The Music Department encourages the girls to take part in performances outside of the school environment. The Choirs regularly win classes at the Milton Keynes Festival as well as taking part in the National Festival of Music for Youth where we were selected to perform in the Birmingham Symphony Concert Hall. Younger Choirs have sung at the O2 Arena in the Young Voices Concert and Senior Choirs have been asked to perform at events at The Stables and Whittlebury Hall.
Music is part of the Curriculum from Years 7 -9 with students receiving two 40 minute lessons a week. Girls follow a wide ranging and contemporary curriculum to challenge and motivate them to develop a life-long love of music.
There are two Music teaching rooms one of which houses a full class set of 8 Apple Mac Computers running Logic Pro and Sibelius software to support a variety of composition tasks. Both classrooms have a range of classroom percussion, ukuleles, guitars, keyboards, microphones and amps.
There are two full time music teaching staff and 12 self-employed peripatetic music teachers who offer one to one instrumental lessons to girls as well as supporting the department in Concerts and leading Chamber Ensembles and activities from Music Theory clubs to Aural Test sessions as well as accompaniments for public performances and exams.
Instruments offered are:
- Guitar/bass guitar
- French Horn