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What are the benefits of music for pupils and how does Rendcomb College cater for those wishing to pursue a career in the music industry?

Rendcomb College’s Music Department is vibrant and varied with many pupils throughout the private Junior and Senior Schools taking individual instrumental lessons in addition to their timetabled music lessons.

Benefits of Music for School Pupils

Music helps to improve brain power

Stimulating the area of the brain that is responsible for reading, maths, and emotional development, music is a brilliant way to improve pupils’ brainpower. So much so, research has found that students who were exposed to music while growing up excelled better in academics than those who were not.


It helps to develop social skills

Whether it is part of a band or singing group, music gives pupils the opportunity to work with others and adapt socially. From understanding how to work with others to developing leadership skills, music helps to develop social skills. 


Music builds confidence

Music gives pupils self-belief, allowing them to believe in themselves and watch their skill develop, the perfect way to build their confidence.


Music inspires creativity

From writing the lyrics to a song to practising an instrument, music enables pupils to tap into their inner creativity. Skills such as songwriting, singing and stage performance can also help pupils to develop social skills, which helps them express themselves.


Music teaches patience and discipline

Learning how to play a musical instrument or improve one’s singing abilities requires both discipline and patience. In order to improve, pupils need to put in a lot of time and practice. This helps them become better disciplined and pursue their goals.


Rendcomb’s Facilities

Pupils are encouraged to join the many ensembles and activities on offer which include:
College Choir, Junior School Choir and Chamber Choir, Orchestra, Music Theory Club, Ukulele Club, Clarinet Ensemble, Music Tech Club, Rock Band, Jazz Ensemble, Composition Club, regular informal lunchtime concerts and formal termly concerts.

Rendcomb has a team of expert musicians in most instruments, including some unusual ones like the harp, ukulele and hand chimes, pupils may have one to one tuition in almost every instrument and style, helping to build skills that will enrich lives and potentially fuel a desire for a future career in music.

Student playing the harp

In 2017, Rendcomb College opened its new £3.3m Performing Arts Centre in the heart of its campus. Available to pupils throughout the College, The Griffin Theatre provides industry-standard performance and rehearsal space for students to practice, perform and nurture their creative talents. The theatre has extensive facilities for budding musicians, as well as for pupils who wish to pursue the technical side of drama and productions. It is a space for all to enjoy and to join school productions in one form or another. 

To find out more about music at Rendcomb College, please click here.


Recent Success Stories

Mia, who left our Sixth Form in 2020, secured a place at ArtsEd in London to study Musical Theatre. Another of our Old Rendcombians was also an extra in Bridgerton


Visit Rendcomb College

Throughout the academic year, there are a number of events held at Rendcomb College for those looking to join our school. Our open days and information evenings offer attendees the chance to meet our subject teachers, Heads of Department, Houseparents, pastoral team and current students, making it the perfect insight into life at Rendcomb College. We hope that you will be able to develop a better understanding of the exceptional environment that we have here, particularly for budding musicians.


To attend one of our events, please contact our Admissions Team on or 01285 832 306, and they will be delighted to put arrangements in place for you.