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At The Judd School we are keen to encourage and support our students in the widest possible range of musical activities, both within and beyond the usual curricular music lessons.


On a weekly basis many pupils participate in extra-curricular musical activities with regular concerts throughout the year.  Membership of choirs, ensembles and orchestras is open to all pupils of the school, whether they have music lessons in school or not. 

There are many groups to choose from:

Monday Lunchtime:
Judd Winds (Grade 4+) in M14
For wind and brass players of a grade 4 or higher standard

Monday after school:
Rockistry - An opportunity to form a band with like-minded musicians. You need to be able to play 3 chords (or equivalent) on your instrument. In M14.

Tuesday Lunchtime:
Big Band (Grade 4+) in M14
For saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section players of a grade 4 or higher standard.
Grade 5 Theory in W26
Bring your lunch and be guided through your theory! (N.B There is a charge of £96 per term)
GCSE Music Clinic in L21

Tuesday after school:
Chamber Choir in M14 
For people who can confidently read music and enjoy singing more challenging music.
Brass Band (Grades 1-3) in M11
For beginner and intermediate brass players

Wednesday Lunchtime:
Concert Orchestra (Grades 1-4) in M14
For all instrumentalists from beginner to grade 4 
Boys' Group in M11
An a cappella vocal group for boys with changing and changed voices.
Grade 5 Theory in W26
Bring your lunch and be guided through your theory! (N.B There is a charge of £96 per term)

Thursday Lunchtime:
String Orchestra (Grade 4+) in M14
For all orchestral string players of a grade 4 or higher standard
A-Level Music Clinic in W11

Thursday after school:
Symphony Orchestra (Grade 5+) in M14  
For all orchestral musicians of a grade 5 or higher standard.

Friday Lunchtime:
School Choir in M14 
For anyone who enjoys singing – no experience necessary!


In addition to the main school concerts, there are also occasional small-scale concerts and a House Music Competition in which pupils of all ages are invited to play. 

The music practice rooms and the recording facilities can be used with permission by both rock groups and classical ensembles.


The Judd School can provide tuition in the following instruments:

Violin     Viola     'Cello     Double Bass     Flute    Oboe     Clarinet     Bassoon     Harp

Saxophone     Trumpet     Horn     Trombone     Euphonium     Tuba    Piano     Percussion     Drum Kit

Classical Guitar     Electric Guitar     Bass Guitar     Classical Singing     Rock & Pop Singing

Fees are £180 for 10 half-hour lessons. Lessons take place during the school day on a lesson-release rota so that no single subject suffers.  It is expected that pupils who miss academic lessons will catch up with all work missed and attempt all homework, etc. Half a term’s notice is required, in writing, to terminate lessons. 

Some instruments are available for hire from the school at a charge of £50 per term. Teachers are able to advise on purchasing an instrument, in some cases through the School. 

Application for Music Lessons

If you would like to apply for instrumental music lessons, please complete the online form

Before applying, please read the Music Tuition Agreement document at the bottom of this page carefully to ensure that the terms and conditions stated match your requirements.


Due to very kind and generous donations from members of our Governing Body, we are pleased to be able to provide an Organ Scholarship programme here at Judd. 

The scholarship is available for a student in Year 7-9 who is Grade 5+ on the piano. It is a 3-year scholarship starting from October 2021 offering free weekly organ lessons, worth £175 a term. In return, the Scholar will be committed to performances in school by the start of their second year of tuition. 

Auditions will take place in late September and will comprise of a solo piano performance, sight-reading and an interview.

To apply, please email the Head of Music, Miss Balcombe, at with the following details:

  • Name
  • Last piano exam taken (incl. mark)
  • Name of a piano piece (at least grade 5 standard) to be played at audition

Application deadline: Friday 17 September 2021