Music at Tring Park

A Music Department for the whole school

Our Music Department has a foot in both camps - straddling both the academic and vocational areas of the curriculum providing pupils with the skills necessary to become professional performers.

Our Music staff work closely with the other departments in the School to provide an in-depth and rounded musical education and training.  Music at Tring Park covers a wide range of genres to a very high standard, and many pupils from the School go on to study Music in Further Education.

Music is taught to GCSE, AS and A Level.  In addition, we teach Music Technology at AS and A Level.

Pupils in the Music Department are prepared for the performance aspect of these examinations by more than twenty very experienced musicians and teachers.

Our Music staff work closely with the other departments in the School to provide an in-depth and rounded musical education and training.  Music at Tring Park covers a wide range of genres to a very high standard, and many pupils from the School go on to study Music in Further Education.

Practical training, individual tuition and music theory lessons

Pupils in the Lower School follows schemes of work based on the National Curriculum, focusing on Performing, Listening, Composing and Appraising.  Pupils can also receive individual tuition on a wide range of instruments, including:

  • Singing
  • Piano - classical and jazz
  • Guitar - classical and electric
  • Bass Guitar
  • Saxophone
  • Drum kit
  • Violin/viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Harp
  • 1-to-1 lessons in Music Technology

Pupils in the Music Department also have the option to take extra-curricular lessons in Music Theory. These are available on a group basis and are recommended to all pupils taking vocal and instrumental lessons as part of our Music Course.  Pupils may enter music examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)Rockschool and Trinity Guildhall.

Performing on the biggest stages

Choirs from our Music Department perform regularly. Working closely with Richard Cooke, conductor of the Royal Choral Society, Tring Park's award- winning choirs have performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. 

"The contribution made by the pupils to this concert was outstanding, adding significantly to the sound of the choir, and singing with a    professionalism, power and clarity of tone which was truly striking. I hope we will do more in the future; they were a delight to work with."

Richard Cooke - Conductor, Royal Choral Society

As well as our award-winning Chamber and Mixed Voice Choirs, we have a flexible approach to ensembles, which can vary according to the needs and strengths of current pupils. Types of ensembles from our Music Department often include:   

  • String ensembles
  • String quartets
  • Saxophone groups
  • Rock Band
  • Soul Band
  • Barbershop Choir
  • '16' - an elite Upper School mixed voice choir which has won both the 2016 and the 2019 BBC Songs of Praise Senior School Choir of the Year.
  • Chamber Choir - a girls' voice choir

For further information about Music at Tring Park please email Elizabeth Norriss or Tel. 01442 821669

FAQ re Individual Instrumental Music Lessons

Liz Norriss - Director of Music

Music Staff biographies

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