Although Singing Assemblies and Choir are currently on hold, nothing can stop Year 5 from rocking out! We have been working on the Bon Jovi classic: Living on a Prayer which includes a tricky glockenspiel part (including F#) and, this week, we had a woodwind group of talented flute and oboe players, too!
This video is far from perfect and isn't the 'finished product' but the love of music making really shines through.
MUSIC MARK SCHOOL 2021-2022
We are delighted to announce that we have been recognised asa MUSIC MARK SCHOOL!
Every Tuesday in Singing Assembly, we start with a Live Music slot - an informal opportunity for our instrumentalists to perform. This inspires and enteretains the other children and is a wonderful addition to our assembly.
Here are the performers so far:
Week 1: Charlotte Y6 piano, Maddison Y6 flute, Hettie Y6 guitar
Week 2: Rupert Y4 guitar
Week 3: Thomas Y6 oboe, April Y6 clarinet, Phoebe Y5 piano, Elizabeth Y5 piano
Week 4: Sebastian Y4 djembe drum ***On hold due to Covid 19***
We are so excited to be making music in school again! The first singing assembly back was really quite emotional; hearing the children singing together is such a joy.
In March 2021 a new Model Music Curriculum was introduced and it was evident that we were already doing a lot of the new content though there have been a few tweaks. The Model Music Curriculum is designed to introduce the next generation to a broad repertoire of music from the Western Classical tradition, and to the best popular music and music from around the world. This new curriculum provides a roadmap to introduce pupils to the delights and disciplines of music, helping them to appreciate and understand the works of the musical giants of the past, while also equipping them with the technical skills and creativity to compose and perform. Having the opportunity to study and explore music is not a privilege; it is a vital part of a broad and ambitious curriculum.
Here is a music update to share some exciting plans we have and to give you some key dates:
What music-making is going on in school?
Every class from Nursery to Year 2 are being taught music every week by Mrs Dockree. In KS2 (Y3-Y6) children are taught by Mrs Crowther, a music specialist;
Every Tuesday we have a half hour Singing Assembly (currently this is just for KS2, but as restrictions ease, the whole school will sing together);
To start the Singing Assemblies, we have a ‘Live Music’ slot where instrumentalists have an opportunity to perform. This inspires and entertains the other children and is a wonderful opportunity to play a piece that is ready. In Week 1 we had three wonderful performances on piano, flute and guitar. Please encourage your child to chat to Mrs Crowther or their class teacher if they want to perform in a relaxed environment (with a very forgiving audience) on a Tuesday;
KS2 Choir starts on Thursday 30th September from 2:45 – 3:30 every week. There are no auditions, all are welcome. We will be working on modern ‘pop’ songs as well as more traditional choral music for children, aiming to develop 2 and 3 part singing and confidence. Please have a think at home about whether or not your child(ren) would like to join – we’ll have lots of fun!
Practise – if your child learns an instrument (in or out of school), they are allowed to bring in their instruments to practice together at break or lunchtime in the KS2 area. Mrs Crowther is also around so if anyone needs help tuning instruments for advice on musical issues e.g. tricky rhythms etc. or just someone to perform to, she is there;
Our peripatetic music lessons commence week beginning 27th September. Mr Manku is our new percussion teacher and Miss Hedington will be teaching a variety of woodwind instruments. If you haven’t signed up to music lessons for your child but it is something you are interested in, please contact Mrs Ford in the school office for more information;
Whole class music lessons are part of the new music curriculum. We always taught recorder to classes but had to stop because of Covid. From January, we are excited to announce that Mrs Dockree will begin teaching recorder in weekly music lessons in Year 2 and Mrs Crowther will teach recorder in Year 3. In January, Mrs Crowther will be teaching whole class ukulele lessons in Year 4. Letters with more information about purchasing recorders and books will be sent out later this term;
As we progress through our new long term plan for music, we will continue with half a term of recorder teaching and half a term of ukulele teaching in Years 5 and 5 and 6 so that when pupils leave us, they will be able to read music and be quite confident playing 2 instruments. Hopefully they will have fostered a life-long love of music!
We will hold a KS2 Music Concert at the end of each term. These concerts are for pupils who have instrumental lessons in or out of school and the school choir. If your child’s piece needs a piano accompaniment, please give it to Mrs Crowther in time for her to practice with your child;
There will, of course, be ‘usual’ key events throughout the year such as the Nativity, Carol Service and Summer Production, details of which will be provided nearer the time;
There is also lots of ‘incidental’ singing going on in classes to aid learning e.g. singing times tables songs.
Choir Carol Singing at Box Tree Court Wednesday 8th December @1:30pm
Winter Concert: Tuesday 14th December 2021 @6:30pm
Spring Concert: Tuesday 29th March 2022 @6:30pm
Summer Concert Tuesday 12th July 2022 @6:30pm
If you have any questions about peripatetic music lessons, the contact is Mrs Ford in the office, any other music questions, please ask Mrs Crowther - feel free to email on firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to a year of wonderful music-making and performances!
Singing Assemblies are BACK! What a thrill to hear the children singing together. Click on the links, read the lyrics and practise at home. Enjoy!
This half term we have started by learning Memories by Maroon 5.