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Music is an integral part of the Prep School.

Every child is encouraged to play a full and active part in making music and our aim is to provide all our pupils, not just the best, with the skills they need to enjoy music for a lifetime.

Our curriculum is taught by specialist teachers, who give pupils a broad range of musical experiences. Children develop an understanding of music through listening, appraising, composing and performing. The Music Department is extremely well resourced with a myriad of orchestral instruments.

The Prep School has many choirs and, through strong links with St Albans Cathedral, many of our more able singers are choristers. At St Columba’s, performance is a key element of the Music programme and children are given the opportunity to show off their talents on a variety of stages, both in school and the local community. There are several extra curriculum music groups including Prep Strings, Prep Band, Prep Choir, Chamber Choir, Prep Samba, Prep Guitars and Prep Bell Choir.

The children's interest is sparked in Prep 3, when all boys will learn the violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, clarinet and flute on a carousel throughout the year. In Prep 4, all boys learn doods and toots, they then go on to have an opportunity to play the ukulele and djembes.  For many boys, this is the start of a lifelong love of music, and one which takes them to places they would never have otherwise visited or gain achievements otherwise unrecognised.