Welcome to Music!
Curriculum Leader: Mrs H. Burton
“Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” - Plato
We aim for every child in our school to become a musician. Every child has the opportunity to learn how to play a variety of musical instruments and by Year 6 to choose which they feel strongest at to develop further in class ensemble. All children have the opportunity to listen to a variety of different music from history and other cultures and to sing, perform, improvise and compose. We want children to leave our school with confidence in what they can do, an appreciation of the joy of playing and performing, and a love of music.
We use an exciting website called Charanga Musical School in our Music lessons. This helps to teach musical knowledge and skills through learning to sing, play instruments, improvise and compose to many different pieces of music. We use music from different cultures and genres throughout history as a starting point, including classical, jazz, reggae, hip hop, rock and pop. We perform in class at the end of every lesson.
In Key Stage 1 children learn about key musical concepts through singing and playing percussion instruments, including djembe drums and glockenspiels.
All Key Stage 2 children learn how to play the recorder in Year 3. They then continue to develop their musical knowledge and skills through singing and playing a variety of instruments, including glockenspiels, keyboards, various percussion instruments and steel pans. They also learn about and have the opportunity to have a go at playing other instruments such as the trumpet, trombone, saxophone and electric guitar.
Children in Key Stage 2 also have the opportunity to access Charanga Music World (YUMU) at home to support and enhance their musical learning.
Key Stage 2 children have the opportunity to sing in a choir after school and in Year 6 there is a band club which starts after Christmas and performs at the Year 6 Leavers Show.
Choir children have regularly competed at Hornsea Music Festival in July and there are many more opportunities for children in music clubs to perform throughout the year, including the Big Brid Sing at Bridlington Spa, singing for pensioners, Christmas concerts, our Year 6 Leavers Show and other community events.
Mrs Swinden’s Key Stage 2 Performing Arts Club provides the opportunity for more singing, with rehearsals and performances of shows such as ‘Annie’ and ‘The Lion King’ for parents and the rest of the school to watch.
Children have more opportunities throughout the year to experience live music with visiting groups and concerts from the Schools' Music Service, as well as the much anticipated visits every few years from the Mighty Zulu Nation!
From Year 4, children have the opportunity to have guitar lessons in school. These are provided by a private music teacher and are paid for by parents.
In Key Stage 2 we have drum kit lessons, again paid for by parents, provided by the East Riding Schools' Music Service.
We also have more extra-curricular music lessons available for the whole school through an outside service called 'Music Box'. They provide lessons in keyboard, drum kit and general musicianship. Parents will need to pay for this service and communication is directly between parents and Music Box itself, however lessons take place within school time.
All children who have extra-curricular music lessons have the opportunity to play their instruments in class ensemble where they can.
If you are interested in any extra-curricular music opportunities for your child, please enquire at the school office.
A few quotes from our Key Stage 2 children:
"My favourite activity in Music is improvising because I like creating my own rhythms."
"I enjoy playing the recorder because of all the different notes I can make."
"I enjoy playing different instruments because I learn how to play them in different ways and I learn new rhythms and patterns. I have learnt that it is not easy to play instruments but I need to keep trying."
"My favourite activity is drumming because I like to work out which patterns I can make. I have learnt that in Music you need to know maths a lot!”
"I have learnt how to play the guitar. I enjoy it because my grandad and dad play the guitar and my favourite guitar player is Stevie Ray Vaughan. That has inspired my joy in playing the guitar."
”I like bossa nova music after learning about it in our jazz lesson.”
”My favourite instrument is the keyboard and I have got one for Christmas!”
The children in Key Stage 2 perform in class at the end of every lesson. This is recorded on video and watched back so that the children can see and hear their progress. There are also sometimes opportunities for them to perform to other children and parents in assemblies and shows. Videos of some of the children's class performances can be seen on the Music pages on the blog. The choir and guitar pupils perform regularly for parents and the public, and Music Box pupils perform yearly for their parents. The whole of Year 6 perform songs for parents at their annual leavers show.