The music studio is a large, light, open space that makes a wonderful setting for twice-weekly class music lessons, creative group work, musical games and exercises, singing and ensemble practice, and accommodates our ‘Music Tea' chamber concerts. Classroom percussion instruments are abundantly provided, including shakers, claves, bells, tambourines, claves, cabasas, and recorders. We also have complete sets of xylophones and glockenspiels at different pitches, a variety of ethnic drums, and larger orchestral instruments. All these instruments, along with the piano and hand chimes, are used through the year as part of the wide-ranging musical education every girl receives. The ten electronic keyboards with headphones provide an opportunity for girls to develop their keyboard skills, understanding of harmony and composition skills. These combine with software such as Compose World and Sibelius, loaded up on laptops and the interactive Smartboard, to bring an understanding of music technology to girls from an early age.
At ground level eight dedicated air-conditioned peripatetic teaching rooms, with pianos, manuscript whiteboards and metronomes, enable Bute House to deliver high-quality teaching of all instruments to every girl who wants to learn at school. The instrument store provides secure storage for instruments of all sizes. The school hall acts as the main performance space for our large ensembles, and allows parents and teachers to hear children give their very best in a pleasant, cooled acoustical environment.