Music permeates through the whole of The Duke of York’s Royal Military School and is an integral part of what makes our school different from any other.
The Music Department is located in the East Teaching Block and comprises a suite of purpose-built teaching and practice rooms. We are fortunate to have six full-time members of staff and two visiting instrumental teachers. Their wide range of educational experience is enhanced by their professional musical expertise, including careers in the music services of HM Forces, West End stage productions, the broadcasting and recording industries in addition to the Church.
Whatever your musical passion, the Music Department will encourage you to achieve your best in your chosen artistic style. We have a wide range of ensembles of varying sizes that include a variety of choirs, the concert band, big band and a rock and pop band. All of these are in addition to our Military Band, which is, perhaps, one of the most special things about The Duke of York’s Royal Military School.
We are able to offer instrumental lessons to all students for the majority of woodwind and brass instruments as well as percussion, guitar, voice and piano. Such lessons are scheduled, on a rota basis, into the students’ timetables each week.
There are many performance opportunities throughout the school year both within the school and outside. Because of The Duke of York’s unique status as a military academy, our musical ensembles have featured in a variety of television broadcasts as well as public performances of national and international significance.
In Year 7, all students will be introduced to the variety of instruments that make up a military band. During the year, they will receive tuition on one instrument as part of their normal, curricular music lessons. At the end of the summer term students are encouraged to continue with instrumental lessons as they move into Year 8. For those students who demonstrate musical promise and dedication, scholarships may be available for a further year’s free tuition.
Head of Arts Faculty: Mrs Maria Briggs
Head of Woodwind & Instrumental Music: Mrs Alexandra Baggs
Head of Percussion: Mr Stephen Socci
Director of Military Music: Major (Retd) David Cresswell