Junior School Music

Music education in DHS starts early and, throughout the whole school, is lead by passionate and dedicated professionals who monitor children’s progress carefully and methodically. As part of their foundation musical development Early Years children follow a programme largely based on a well – established and highly regarded method developed by Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967), a prominent Hungarian composer, musician, teacher, linguist, and ethnomusicologist, who dedicated most of his creative life to musical education

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From a very early age, well before reading music and playing orchestral instruments, children learn to use their singing voices as the most accessible instrument and develop their basic vocal and instrumental skills. They develop their ability to follow a simple melody and rhythm, recognise and read simplified sol-fa rhythm notation, musical memory, inner hearing, listening skills, diction and co-ordination and thus, get acquainted with the main components of music. They also experience the sheer joy and excitement of sharing  and making music!

In the Junior School this continues and is enhanced by further development of vocal and instrumental skills, which includes unison and simple part choral work, reading simple notation, sight-reading, basic composition and improvisation. As children get older they have an opportunity to learn an individual instrument: piano, violin, flute, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, French horn, guitar, voice and drums are among the many lessons on offer. All the children take part in the end of year concert and all are encouraged to enjoy both listening to and taking part in musical performances .