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Academic Music...A complex language

Music, which spans so many cultures and time periods, comprises a truly complex language - and as with all languages, there is a much better chance of mastery when introduced whilst a child is young.

Through singing and listening to songs younger children learn about the structure and organisation of music and to appreciate different kinds of music. As they get older they also listen to longer, more complex and more varied pieces of music. During the early stages of learning, pupils use a range of percussion instruments and keyboards absorbing the early stages of both rhythm and melody.

Older children begin to learn musical notation and to compose pieces in written forms. In Years 2 and 3 all pupils learn to play the recorder as part of their music work. They are taught in whole form groups and sometimes, for singing, several classes or the whole school join together.

Pupils also have the opportunity of individual study of musical instruments with peripatetic music specialists. Parents who wish their child to do this must purchase or hire the instrument and pay the additional fees direct to the teacher concerned on a termly basis. These lessons are often taught by withdrawal from a time-tabled lesson, but many study before or after school, or during a lunch break. Currently children can learn to play piano, violin, viola, cello, flute, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and horn.

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