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Music opportunities at Alban City School

We are delighted to offer a wide range of instrumental lessons on an individual basis that take place during the school day. The teachers operate a rota system for the lessons so that children do not miss the same curriculum time in their class every week.

Currently we offer individual lessons in piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and French horn. In addition to this, all the children in Year 3 are taught to play the recorder in their class music lesson. After school lessons are also available in guitar, drums and singing.

We also have a junior and senior orchestra and a choir, as well as opportunities for children to set up their own bands. We encourage a wide range of performance experiences, from children playing in front of their own class to wider school assemblies, concerts to parents and public performances in venues such as St Albans Cathedral and the city centre.

We believe in the importance of children hearing live music being performed too, so we take the children to concerts at local secondary schools and venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, as well as inviting professional musicians into school.

If you would like your child to learn to play an instrument, please contact our music teacher Karen Dore at the St Albans Music Academy Ltd: email:

We believe that all children should have the opportunity to enjoy learning an instrument and making music, either individually or as part of an ensemble, so we are happy to provide financial assistance to any child who is eligible for pupil premium funding. Please speak to the school office for more information.

Drama opportunities at Alban City School

We are very fortunate to have a 120 seat theatre and offer every child the opportunity to speak and perform to an audience on a stage. We believe that public speaking helps to develop children’s confidence and is an important life skill for the future. Children enjoy drama lessons with their class and regularly perform in plays, musicals and assemblies to other children and their parents.

We have an after school drama club with the Candice Conway Theatre School, and our pupils take part in their annual production with pupils from other schools.

We also offer LAMDA classes during the school day. LAMDA (founded 1861) is the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. It is one of the oldest drama schools in the United Kingdom and has a global reputation for excellence. LAMDA’s mission is to improve standards in communication through the spoken word, foster an appreciation of literature and support creative, intellectual and social development. LAMDA exams offer an ongoing measurement of progress in speech and drama. The LAMDA grades provide a framework to support a steady improvement in self-confidence, vocal and physical technique, and language awareness. The examinations are designed to equip students, whatever their age or aspirations, with a range of skills that will serve them throughout life. For more information, please email