Music House is part of the original manor house and boasts some beautiful period features. The later extensions house purpose-built facilities for our boarders, and the house is currently undergoing further renovation. In September 2015 a further set of single rooms (and one twin), all with en-suite shower rooms, located in a new second floor, provided even more space and modern facilities.
Music House is home to the majority of the girls in the school (with the exception of the very oldest, who currently occupy of self-contained building under the pastoral oversight of Harris House) and the junior boys. The house really does feel like a big family, with the older girls taking a very sisterly approach to the younger members of the house! The rooms on the first floor of the house are predominantly double rooms, with one single and a small number which can house three students.
In the centre of the house is the Common Room, which is a homely place filled with snuggly armchairs, bean bags, cushions and throws in which the stresses of daily life can be relaxed away in front of a large flat-screen television. The Common Room also has a kitchen, in which the older students can make food if they wish, and from which flows a steady stream of hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream during Saturday Night Movie Night! There is also a small laundry room where pupils can do some of their own washing if they wish.
The youngest students go home at the weekend but, for those who return on a Sunday, there is a Junior Movie Afternoon for them to enjoy, ensuring that nobody misses out! The Common Room is also home to evening story time for the junior students, who get to listen to all kinds of silly voices for different characters, whilst winding down before bed.
Our students are incredibly dedicated and spend a great deal of time working hard. It is especially important that the house is a place in which everyone can relax and take a break if they need to. Discipline is provided by a mixture of consistency and light-heartedness, such as in the case of our dormitory tidiness competition, in which the tidiest win prizes and the messiest have to tidy to whole house for a week!
The resident Housemistress is Ann Sweeney, who is also the Senior School (registered) Nurse, who lives in a flat at one end of the house with her husband Graham. Also resident is the Assistant Housemistress, Kendra Shute, who teaches English, Akerke Ospan (an assistant violin teacher) and Svitlana Kosenko (one of the School's staff pianists).
The team of resident staff are supported by house tutors Karen Lyle and Sarah Howell, who take over on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. There is a lovely atmosphere of fun and openness in the house, making it a lovely place to live and work.