Music plays an important part in our school life and is carefully tailored to ensure that all pupils have a wide range of opportunities to develop their musicianship skills with increasing confidence and control.
Through a variety of musical experiences pupils will develop an understanding of musical composition, musical notation, organising and manipulating musical ideas, as well as developing their aural memory (remembering what they hear!).
Music across the key stage consists of:
- Year 3 – Developing aural memory and listening skills through song.
- Year 4 – Weekly whole class ukulele lessons delivered by Mr James, peripatetic music teacher from Durham Music Service.
- Year 5 – Weekly whole class brass ensemble lessons delivered by Mr James, peripatetic music teacher from Durham Music Service.
- Year 6 – Opportunities to apply their musicianship skills to a variety of different musical experiences, including samba drumming.
Other experiences of music throughout the year usually include: whole school performances at Christmas and end of year; Singing Picnic Project (developing links with classes at the infant school); school choir; Big Sing visit; musician visitors and workshops, such as the bands from the annual Durham Brass Festival.
Partnership work has taken place in previous years e.g. the Royal Festival Hall “Pulling Out The Stops – Renovating the Organ Project”. This included visits to the Royal Festival Hall with a partner school in London and visits to Harrison & Harrison organ factory in Durham.
Opportunities to learn an instrument in small group tuition are available on request and are provided through the Durham Music Service. This is a paid service.
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