Music at St Mary and St Pancras

St Mary and St Pancras School has a thriving music department led by our Head of Music Mrs Deirdre Waller-Box. Every class from Nursery up to Year 6 receives a specialist music lesson once a week taught by our specialist music team.
In addition to our music teachers Mrs Waller-Box and Mrs Pryce, we have 5 visiting tutors from the Camden Music Service working in our school teaching one-to-one peripatetic music lessons. This means that every day at St Mary and St Pancras, you will hear music being taught, learnt and performed throughout the school.

Our Music Curriculum

Our Music Curriculum follows the National Curriculum objectives. We believe in giving the children the skills they need to become a musician, whether professionally or for enjoyment. From Foundation stage up, children are taught to read standard notation and this is used regularly in lessons especially in KS2 where every child learns to play an instrument with their class. In Years 3 and 4, this is the recorder, in Years 5 & 6, brass instruments.  All children from Nursery up are given regular opportunities to compose music in their lessons and to perform to their peers. We believe that singing forms the basis of good music education and so every music lesson incorporates whole class singing.

Wider Opportunities in Music

Every child in Years 5 & 6 learn a brass instrument as part of the Wider Opportunities in Music Programme, in addition to their curriculum music lesson. The children have a band lesson once a week in which they rehearse in sections and then come together to form a band. These sessions are led by our Head of Music and supported by visiting Camden Music tutors.

Extra-curricular Music

There are many music activities children can be involved in outside of curriculum lessons at St Mary and St Pancras School.


We have two choirs in our school, one for our Infants and one for Juniors. Both our choirs love to perform with the Junior Choir currently preparing to perform at the Camden Music Festival which will be at the Royal Albert Hall in March.  We enjoy showcasing our choir at every major school event. We often sing at corporate events especially around Christmas time so please get in touch with our school office if you would be interested in us performing for you.

Recorder Ensemble

Recorder Ensemble meets once a week to rehearse together. Children who are achieving highly in their recorder playing are invited to join.

Steel Pans

We have a set of steel pans in our school and these are used frequently in our curriculum music lessons when KS2 children get to play as part of a whole class steel pan band. We also welcome other Camden schools to come in and have workshops using the steel pans.

Drumming and Percussion Club

We have an after school Drumming and Percussion Club that children are given the opportunity to sign up for at the start of each term.

Peripatetic Lessons

We offer peripatetic lessons on a range of instruments at St Mary and St Pancras School. These lessons are taught during school time by visiting Camden Music Service tutors.
Instruments offered:
Strings – violin, guitar, ukulele
Woodwind – recorder, fife, flute, clarinet, saxophone
Brass – trumpet, trombone, euphonium, baritone, tenor horn
Piano/keyboard, Musicianship Theory and Voice
If you would like advice on which instrument is best for your child to learn, please arrange to speak with Mrs Waller-Box or Mrs Pryce. Registration forms can be downloaded here.

Able Musicians

We support our Able Musicians in our school through the addition of extra one-to-one lessons where children have the opportunity to sit external examinations, leadership roles in music throughout the school and through differentiated lesson planning. We also encourage all children  to attend our ensembles and choirs and to participate in external music making activities as is appropriate to their ability.

Camden Music Service Half Term Courses

We encourage our young musicians to make music outside of school by joining the Camden Music Service Ensembles. We have children in our school who are now members of Superblast!, Supertoot, Superstring, Superstrike, Superstrum, Camden Philhamonia, Guitar Orchestra and the Camden Philharmonic Band. These ensembles are a stepping stone into the senior bands and orchestras in Camden and provide opportunity to further ensemble playing skills. For further information regarding these, please speak to Mrs Waller-Box or look on the Camden Music website –

Musical Partnerships

In order to enrich our music provision even further, we partner with some fantastic local music organisations such as the Camden Music Hub, Royal Academy of Music, Langham Arts and the All Souls Orchestra, Drake Music and most recently, the Aurora Orchestra. The RAM provides us with high quality composition workshops which culminate in performances in their Dukes Hall at the Academy. We are very excited about the partnership with Aurora Orchestra as they are providing an enrichment opportunity for our youngest pupils.  We greatly value these partnerships as they enable us offer a broad music curriculum to pupils.