Music

     'Music gives children a means to express themselves, to unleash their creativity, and to be inspired by their own boundless capacity for personal growth.'                                                                                                                                                                                              The Royal Conservatory, April 2014. 

      Scientific research has shown that music education speeds the development of speech and reading skills and trains children to focus their attention for sustained periods.  It also shows that music learning makes it more likely that a child will reach their full cognitive and academic potential.

      A wide variety of music-making goes on at The Mount School with the opportunity for your child to participate in ensembles as well as focus on individual pursuits.

        • Individual singing lessons        From Form I
        • Individual piano lessons           From Form I
        • Recorder Club                         From Form II
        • Choir                                      Forms III - VI
        • Hand chimes                           Forms V & VI                 

      Individual singing and piano lessons are given before and after school, or on a rotating basis during the day.  In singing lessons your child will be given a good grounding in vocal technique to ensure proper use of the voice and explore repertoire across many genres such as traditional and folk and classical art song, through to film and Disney and popular song.  A particular interest of Dr Dumigan's is Musical Theatre in which each pupil learns not only to sing the songs, but also how to present these in character with appropriate expression and action.

      Piano lessons begin with easy and fun exercises to familiarize your child with the instrument, quickly progressing to simple tunes using both hands. Exercises to develop a good technique are introduced as pupils progress to longer, more challenging and rewarding pieces, covering many genres from past and present.

      Singing and piano pupils work towards exams set by both the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College, London, for which Dr Dumigan has a 100% success rate with many children gaining distinction awards.  There are also numerous opportunities for pupils to perform in assemblies and concerts, and children are encouraged to participate in local Musical Festivals.

      Recorder Clubs are held at lunch break and offer children the opportunity to make music collaboratively as part of a group.  This type of music-making offers additional benefits, promoting empathy and social awareness.  Each group as a whole works towards Music Medals set by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

      The School Choir is all-inclusive and anyone from Forms III to VI is most welcome to join.  A variety of repertoire is explored from a cappella rounds in several parts, to musicals old and new.  The children benefit enormously from learning to sing in harmony and holding a part against another, as well as from the sheer enjoyment of singing together.

      Playing the hand chimes is a popular and fun activity for children in Forms V and VI requiring no formal music training.  Children play one or two chimes and each individual contributes to playing tunes that require concentration, resulting in a most beautiful sound from these lovely instruments.    

      Dr Dumigan has been a music teacher for over 20 years and holds the degrees of BMus(Hons) in music and theatre studies, an MA and PhD in Musicology and an LTCL in Singing Teaching.  She is a classically trained singer and pianist and performs regularly with several choirs across the UK and abroad, in many prestigious venues and on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.  Dr Dumigan thoroughly enjoys teaching music to children, giving a firm grounding in technique and theoretical knowledge, alongside the opportunity for creativity, expression and growing self-confidence.  This early training will reap innumerable benefits for each child and, hopefully, foster a lifelong love of music.