St John’s Prep and Senior School’s Music Matters Magazine

15-12-14 St. Johns 0 comment

St John’s Prep and Senior School, based in Enfield, Potters Bar has released issued 10 of its ‘Music Matters’ magazine.

The latest edition, which covers November and December, is available to read now by visiting the ‘Newsletters’ section of the school’s website.


Below is a snapshot of what is available in the latest edition.

Gabriel’s Big Break Rehearsals

Wednesdays this term have been filled with music and dance as our students in the Prep. School have been working on a variety of songs and dances. We have been practising the skills of singing and dancing simultaneously.

We hope you see for yourselves the results in our Christmas concert, ‘Gabriel’s Big Break’ as rehearsals are have been well underway. The F.3s are busy preparing their characters of angels, shepherds and stars and not only do they have to put on their dancing shoes and best singing voices, now they have the addition of acting.

World Music Workshops: Indonesian Gamelan

On 22 October 2014, Prep. School pupils from F.1 to F.3 participated in an Indonesian gamelan workshop, where they had a chance to get hands-on with a genuine, traditional set of gamelan from the island of Bali.

The news website wrote a review and also published a video.

Music Department Snapshots

This two page spread features images from the Gamelan Workshop; images from Mrs Bowman’s music lesson; the guitar club; primary proms and third form pupils preparing for their practical assessments.

Autumn Term Evening Recital

On 09 Oct. 2014, a handful of Prep. School pupils were given the opportunity to perform at an evening recital in the school hall. This is part of a series of termly, informal evening recitals, which give pupils the opportunity to showcase their instrumental and singing ability outside of their regular lesson setting.

Primary Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

The Primary School Proms is a yearly event in the School’s calendar, where Prep. School pupils from Upper Transitus and F.1 visit the Royal Albert Hall for the opportunity to experience live in music in a major concert hall.

Watching a performance in a grand concert venue can be an inspiring and memorable experience, and this was evident when the Upper Transitus pupils first walked into the hall with their eyes wide open in amazement, craning their necks to take in the cavernous interior of the Royal Albert Hall.

Key Stage 3 Music Report

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd forms have all recently completed practical assessments on a variety of styles of music and have started to work on new topics as well.

The 1st form pupils have been working primarily on African music, having had to compose music using only percussion instruments. All of the groups took to working with djembes and percussion very readily and we all look forward to seeing how they get on with keyboard work, particularly keeping in time with each other!

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