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 

In addition to the music curriculum the following musical opportunities are available for children. These are run by peripatetic services, however, we have a standardised rate for all music tuition.

Professional profiles of instrumental teachers at Barnes

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:

  • £145 per term for individual (beginner or Grade 1 and above)
  • £95 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
Piano Megan Burke

Rondo Music London

Natalia Alexa

Recorder Judit Bartha

Rondo Music London

Natalia Alexa

French Horn Judit Bartha

Rondo Music London

Natalia Alexa

Trumpet Judit Bartha

Rondo Music London

Natalia Alexa

Flute Karen Warner

George Sleightholme

Clarinet George Sleightholme
Saxophone George Sleightholme
Guitar Steve Nelson (group)
Violin + Viola Tina Wilkinson


Julie Thomas


Music Club

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 Natalia Alexa

Rondo Music London

Key Stage 2

Music Club Description Provider Contact
M:Tech Music technology Alessandro Apolloni


Barnes Voices Choir Karen Warner


Theatre Voices Y3/4/5 Musical Theatre Julie Thomas
Theatre Voices Y6 Musical Theatre Julie Thomas


Barnes Orchestral Players

(invitation only)

Karen Warner
String Ensemble


violin & viola

(invitation only)

Tina Wilkinson

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 Y3/4 Summer Concert
YR Nativity Music Performance Week Y5/6 Summer Concert
Carol Concert Singing Festival Y1 Assembly
Community Carols Barnes Music Festival Y2 Production
OSO Exhibition
Y6 Production
LLL Awards
Y6 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.