“We are a community committed to excellence and the development of the potential of all”
Welcome to Addington Music College
Addington has a thriving music community offering many opportunities for all students.
All students in the school have a weekly music lesson taught by a specialist music teacher. The curriculum is carefully tailored to meet the varying needs of our students. In the music room students have access to a wide range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments, keyboards, guitars and computers to explore performance and composition skills. Some students have lessons in the sensory theatre, where they experience a multi-sensory musical journey. All music is taught through a thematic approach, including themes such as ‘The Wild West’, ‘United We Stand’ and ‘Good v Evil’. All classes perform at the end of the year in our annual Proms Week.
Addington works closely with a team of peripatetic teachers from Berkshire Maestros. Lessons are available on a range of including trumpet, violin, cello, guitar and drum kit. Students often have the opportunity to try new instruments and those that show an interest and skill are put forward for lessons. There are regular instrumental concerts, giving students many opportunities to perform throughout the academic year. Our visiting instrumental teachers also visit class groups regularly in order to ensure that all Addington students have the chance to experience orchestral instruments.
Addington has a music therapist who works with students across the school. Students are selected to receive music therapy on an individual basis.
Beyond the classroom
At Addington we give as much opportunity for students to reach their full musical potential as possible and run a variety of extra sessions.
Clubs in the Music Department
Clubs are an important part of Addington as we aim to give a broad musical experience that reflects student’s interests and talents. Lunchtime clubs include school choir, music production, sensory story, xylophone club and DJ club. We also run after school clubs. The Addington Band is run in partnership with Berkshire Maestros and students who are able to play their instrument with growing independence are invited to come along. They perform regularly throughout the year. Our theatre club is led by a visiting tutor and gives students the opportunity to learn songs and routines from the musicals.
Extra Special Activities
Addington often takes part in or hosts music events. We have taken many groups to perform at many different venues. We try to ensure that students of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to experience music in different settings, either as a participant or as an audience member.
These events have included:
Addington Proms is an annual event. Taking place at the end of each academic year, it is a week-long celebration and showcase of the musical talents of young people across the borough. Every student at Addington takes part in a performance with their class, students having instrumental lessons perform with their teacher and many of our clubs are also featured. Local schools join us throughout the week to perform. The week finishes with a highlight of the musical year; ‘Addington’s Got Talent.’