Dulwich College is an independent boys school that caters for boys from ages 7 (Year 3) up to age 18, numbering 1407 boys in total. The Music Department has an outstanding reputation for excellence. In many ways the standard and breadth equals that of a specialist music school and the standard of playing in all areas is very high. Indeed, many boys attend the junior departments of the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Trinity College of Music.
In Year 3 all boys participate in our String Scheme where they receive a class strings lesson each week as part of their school curriculum. Each class is taken by 5 instrumental teachers so that there is one teacher for groups of 3-4 boys. At the beginning of the year boys choose to play Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass. Boys who already learn a string instrument when they come into Year 3 go into the Ďadvancedí class where they play early chamber music and have the chance to further develop their technique.
Our Year 3 string programme now entirely uses the Colourstrings approach. Colourstrings is such a wonderful and far-sighted approach that it enables us to place the well-being of the child at the centre of all we do whilst giving each child a firm foundation on their chosen string instrument. The programme has been running in its current form now for 4 years.
Since we have fully embraced the Colourstrings approach there has been a marked increase in the learning of stringed instruments at Dulwich College and the boys clearly love playing. As a result we now have four string orchestras, two very large Symphony Orchestras and a large chamber music programme involving string players.
In addition to this string scheme, Dulwich College also offers both individual lessons and Kindergarten musicianship lessons for children aged 3-7 at our feeder school, Dulwich College Kindergarten School, known as DUCKS. We even have a Year 2 string orchestra now! All these activities both at DUCKS and in the Year 3 string programme serve to underpin the now thriving string programme higher up the College and we are extremely proud to be associated with the Colourstrings approach.
For further information please visit our website www.dulwich.org.uk
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