Music is seen as an integral part of the curriculum at Downsend.

Learning to play and appreciate music can encourage participation, teamwork, and a sense of group identity as well as increasing creativity. It develops the children’s ability to understand themselves and relate to others, thus promoting self-confidence and social skills. It can also support learning in other subject areas, such as the ability to listen and concentrate and the facility for self-expression.


All pupils are taught to sing, to play tuned and un-tuned percussion and the basics of music theory in class. In the Upper School, we focus on keyboard skills and study a number of genres in depth through performing, listening and composing.


Downsend has a dedicated team of peripatetic music staff offering tuition on various instruments including: flute, saxophone, clarinet, oboe, recorder, violin, viola, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, cello, drum kit, percussion and singing.

Children with outstanding musical talent have the opportunity to apply for a Music Scholarship.

And all children are encouraged to join one of our ensembles including:

  • Upper School Rock Bands
  • Brass Band
  • Whole School Orchestra
  • Upper School Choir,
  • Chamber Choir
  • Samba Band.

Head of Music – Nicole Allison

01372 372197