We aim to make music an enjoyable learning experience and to build up children’s confidence for making music. Singing forms a major focus especially in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Through singing and listening to songs 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 and more varied pieces of music, and how these may represent feelings and emotions. We teach them skills of recognising pulse and pitch and to use these in making music alone and together.
Older children begin to learn musical theory, notation and to compose pieces in written forms. Pupils use a range of instruments, including strings, woodwind, percussion and keyboards - as well as their own instruments. They are taught individually and in whole form groups - and sometimes, for singing, several classes or the whole school join together.
Pupils also have the opportunity to study a musical instrument with peripatetic music specialists. Parents who wish their child to do this may wish to purchase or hire the instrument and will pay the additional fees directly to the teacher concerned, on a termly basis. These lessons are normally taught individually by withdrawal from a timetabled lesson, 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.