Music plays a prominent part in the life of Abingdon School. Over half of the boys have instrumental tuition and are taught individually by a staff of 3 academic and some 34 instrumental teachers. Class music is part of the normal curriculum and music is studied by a relatively large number of boys for GCSE and A level examinations (currently 32 and 6 respectively).
Instrumental tuition is offered in all the orchestral woodwind, brass, percussion and strings, together with piano, saxophone, guitar (acoustic, electric and bass), drum kit, bagpipes and music technology. Individual singing lessons are also available, and candidates are prepared for choral and organ scholarships to Oxford and Cambridge – in recent years, a number of such awards have been won by boys at the school. From January 2018 the hourly charge is £45 so a typical 30 minute lesson is £22.50. Instruments may be hired from school at a cost of £80 per term for each instrument, for up to 3 terms. In the case of bassoon, French horn and tuba, a longer hire period may be possible. There is no charge for the hire of violins, violas and double basses.
Michael Stinton, Director of Music