Music contributes a sense of vitality and energy to Bilton Grange and is very much part of our essence and character. It plays an important role in helping children to feel part of a community, and is an integral element of school worship.

All children experience playing an instrument from Year 1 and experience singing at the core of the curriculum. Specialist instrumental teachers deliver over 190 lessons a week, inspiring pupils in a range of studies, from Singing to Saxophone, and from Oboe to Organ. Choirs, ensembles and soloists are provided with a platform, both publicly and at School, on which to shine – termly Soloist Evenings, Musical Soirées, Ensemble Concerts, Services and other special events provide meaningful performance goals for all our pupils. We are also proud of a strong record of music examination results, powered by our outstanding team of 15 Visiting Music Teachers.

Aims of the department

  • To enable every pupil to GROW in their musical learning, encouraging the setting of achievable Goals, Resilience in the face of difficulties, Ownership of learning and practice, and a sense of wonder in making and listening to music.
  • To be a beacon of best practice in Music Education, creating intelligent, literate, and creative musicians.
  • Emphasis is placed on aural musicianship, individual musical development, and enjoyment through progress and achievement.


Mark Penrose, BMus, BMusSt (Hons), BEd (Sec)(GE) Director of Performing Arts

Kathryn Watson, Head of Pre-Prep Music

Tanya Morshead and Joanne Finch, Performing Arts Administrators

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Useful Resources

 Voice for Life

Music Theory at home and also here

ABRSM and Trinity College  graded examination information

Aural tests available from Amazon

ABRSM Aural Trainer