Music and Lamda Lessons
INDIVIDUAL MUSIC LESSONS
The Duke of Kent School Music Department provides a lively and productive environment where, in addition to class music lessons, pupils are offered the opportunity to study an individual instrument(s) of their choice. The Department is run by the Director of Music, Mr Nick Rye, who is supported by 13 professional peripatetic music specialist teachers and a Music Graduate Assistant.
A high percentage of pupils (in 2020-2021 approximately 60% of pupils) from Year 1 to GCSE, take full advantage of the high quality, easily accessible teaching that is on offer at the School.
Which instruments can a pupil at Duke of Kent learn?
Currently, we have specialist teachers in these instruments:
Voice, Piano, Theory, Violin, Viola, Cello, Recorder, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet/Cornet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Classical Guitar, Folk Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Double Bass, Drums and Percussion.
However, if a pupil is looking to learn an instrument we do not currently offer, we will always try to accommodate that request.
Performances and Examinations
Performing in Ensembles and as a Soloist
Musical events such as School concerts, the House Music Competition, Lunchtime recitals and School productions help give focus, prestige and performance opportunities to the School’s musicians.
Within the Music Department, the pupils can participate in a variety of ensembles such as:
The Orchestra, Jazz Band, Brass Group, String Ensemble, the Big Band, Guitar Group, Percussion Group, Ukulele Club, Ocarina Club, Junior Strings and various school choirs such as: Whole Prep School Choir, Senior Rock Choir, Junior and Senior Chamber Choirs and small vocal groups.
The Department also encourages pupils, if they so wish, to be entered for music exams in conjunction with:
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Trinity & Guildhall College of Music, Rockschool Trinity, Trinity Musical Theatre.
These different examination boards cater to the different needs or strengths of a candidate and should be able to offer something to every individual.
In the academic year 2020-2021, we had a 100% pass rate ranging from Grades 1 to 8 in various instruments across all four exam boards.
Interaction with the School Timetable
The School aims to offer thirty lessons of thirty minutes duration during the course of the academic year. Lessons are rotated within the School’s timetable minimising the impact of music lessons on academic progress.
Music lessons are billed in ARREARS. For the academic year 2022/23, each 30 minute lesson will be charged at £25.00 per lesson. The number of lessons taken in a term will appear on the end of term bill. Items such as reeds, music books, exams and hire are charged separately in arrears and will also appear on the bill.
INDIVIDUAL/DUOLOGUE LAMDA LESSONS
What Is LAMDA?
The Duke of Kent School Performing Arts Department provides a lively and productive environment where, in addition to class based Drama lessons, pupils are offered the opportunity to study private solo or duologue LAMDA lessons with a specialist teacher. A LAMDA Exam is the speech and drama equivalent of a music grade. Like music grades, LAMDA Exams culminate at Grade 8. LAMDA lessons use drama to teach and improve communication skills, increase self-confidence and develop strong social skills. They equip students with the key skills and experiences to successfully continue their pathway through the arts spectrum as well as developing transferable skills to other areas of life and education.
What will pupils learn?
The process and preparation for succeeding in a LAMDA Exam essentially helps learners, whatever their ages or aspirations, to develop a broad range of skills that will serve them throughout life. Across the range, the examinations develop a learner’s ability to:
Learn the skills inherent to performing and acting
Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
Expand vocabulary to improve powers of self-expression
Interpret text physically and vocally
Improve confidence in speaking and listening
Memorise and recall information
Create and defend arguments
Engage in constructive, informal conversation
Improve self-confidence and self esteem
Improve communication skills
Nurture an appreciation of literature, poetry, drama and song
Support creative, intellectual and social development
Grades 6, 7 and 8 provide UCAS points towards university.
Who is eligible for lessons?
Any Senior School pupil is eligible for LAMDA lessons. You do not have to have had previous drama lessons elsewhere, or feel that you are particularly gifted at drama to take part. Our emphasis is on providing quality tuition for all year groups and all standards of pupils to improve confidence and communication.
Finance and Administration
Interaction with the School Timetable
The School offers thirty lessons of thirty minutes duration during the course of the academic year.
Lessons are rotated within the School’s timetable minimising the impact of LAMDA lessons on academic progress.
LAMDA lessons are billed in ARREARS. For the academic year 2022/23, each 30 minute solo lesson will be charged at £25.00 and each duologue lesson £12.50. Exam fees, books and texts are charged separately in arrears.