Music provision is a real strength at Barnes and is taught throughout the school from Reception to Year 6. There is a dedicated music room which houses all our classroom music resources and provides a creative space for children to develop their musical skills. All classes in the main part of the school receive a forty minute lesson with Karen Warner, our specialist music teacher in the dedicated music room. Key Stage 1 lessons focus on building basic musical skills. At Key Stage 2, children develop these skills with many cross curricular lessons often linked to Learning Themes.

We aim for every single child to love music and delight in the diverse range of music that exists, to support this, exposure to a wide range of very carefully chosen pieces are played at the start and end of assembly four days a week. Children hear classical music, jazz, world music and the occasional pop tune.

Link to music curriculum overview 

The following musical opportunities are available for children:

Instrumental Lesson Tuition

Please see below for information regarding Instrumental lesson provision with music specialists.

  • Lessons will be with a specialist music teacher;
  • Lessons are for 20 minutes, with 10 lessons per term, 30 per school year.

The cost of lessons:

  • £142 per term for individual (beginner or Grade 1 and above)
  • £92 for a paired lesson (the paired option is for beginners only)

We also want to ensure that children from less affluent backgrounds are offered lessons, and access to an instrument to practice on where appropriate, and the Barnes Music Provision covers a financial commitment from tutors to support this aim.

Instrumental Teachers

Instrument Teacher Contact
Recorder Rondo Music (Judit)
Piano Rondo Music (Natalia)
French Horn Rondo Music (Judit)
Trumpet Rondo Music (Judit)
Flute Karen Warner

George Sleightlholme

Clarinet George Sleightlholme
Saxophone George Sleightlholme
Violin Tina Wilkinson
Singing Tori Hargreaves
Guitar Steve Nelson (group)


Music Clubs

Children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of extra-curricular music activities.

 Key Stage 1

Music Club Description Provider Contact
Little Voices KS1 choir Rondo Music (Natalia)
Mini Maestros KS1 building musical skills Samuel Nunn

(Roar Edge)
Theory Club            music theory Rondo Music (Natalia)

 Key Stage 2

Music Club Description Provider Contact
Theory Club music theory Rondo Music (Natalia)
Theatre Voices LAMDA

musical theatre

Tori Hargreaves

(Roar Edge)


M:Tech Music technology Alessandro Apolloni


Barnes Voices Choir Karen Warner


BOP! Barnes Orchestral Players Karen Warner

 Performance Opportunities

 Children have the chance to perform as a singer or an instrumentalist at a special event during the year. All children are encouraged to take advantage of all performance opportunities and perform throughout the year, in class, music assemblies including to the whole school in our Friday afternoon assembly.

Autumn Term                      Spring Term                                                Summer Term

Harvest Festival                     Arts Week                                           Year 3 and Year 4 Summer Concert

YR Nativity                              Music Performance Week               Year 5 and Year 6 Summer Concert

Carol Concert                          Music Festival                                   Year 1 Special Assembly

Community Carols                                                                               Year 2 Production

OSO Exhibition

Year 6 Production

The Learning Love and Laughter Awards evening

Year 6 Leavers Assembly

Music resources have been generously funded by the PTFA, whose donations have enabled the purchase of a considerable number of instruments and equipment.

Musical appreciation

We would argue that there are few schools that offer such a wide and eclectic range of beautiful music that pupils hear four times a week as they enter and exit assembly. Our children hear classical music, jazz, folk, music in different styles from all around the globe . . . and the occasional catchy pop tune. They tell us they really like the tunes that are chosen and a number of parents ask us for the names of tunes we play. We believe that this is a part of the very special atmosphere we create in our school.