Learning

Music

All pupils study music in the specialist music suite and are encouraged to take part in the extensive programme of musical activities throughout the year to develop their skills and interests.

The Curriculum

Pupils receive one lesson of music each week in which they develop their knowledge, skills and understanding through a variety of performing, composing and listening tasks. For some tasks pupils work individually but for many activities there is the opportunity to produce work in small groups and as a whole class.

Pupils work on one main project each half term, as outlined below:

AUTUMN 1

YEAR 5

The Elements of Music

YEAR 6

Ukuleles

YEAR 7

The Blues

YEAR 8

Reggae

AUTUMN 2

YEAR 5

Pulse and Rhythm

YEAR 6

The Musical

YEAR 7

Ragtime and Jazz

YEAR 8

Film Music

SPRING 1

YEAR 5

Year 5 production/Treble Clef and the Keyboard

YEAR 6

Gamelan

YEAR 7

Fanfares

YEAR 8

Impressionism

SPRING 2

YEAR 5

Continue from Spring 1

YEAR 6

Programme Music

YEAR 7

Mozart

YEAR 8

Polyrhythm into Minimalism

SUMMER 1

YEAR 5

Instruments of the Orchestra

YEAR 6

Variations

YEAR 7

Song writing

YEAR 8

Cover songs

SUMMER 2

YEAR 5

Music from China

YEAR 6

Folk Music

YEAR 7

Samba

YEAR 8

Music ICT

 

Visiting Workshops

As part of the curriculum outlined above, pupils are given the opportunity to work with a range of musicians through a number of visiting workshops and trips. Activities have included workshops on Gamelan, Jazz and Samba.

Learning an Instrument

All pupils are taught to play the keyboard in year 5 and will progress from simple melodies through to more complex pieces using the full functions of the instrument. In year 6 pupils will all learn to play the ukulele and throughout their time at the school they will also play a wide range of percussion instruments.
 
In addition to the curriculum outlined above, pupils are given the opportunity to learn an instrument with one of our Hertfordshire instrumental peripatetic staff.

A wide variety of instrumental tuition is available covering all strings including acoustic and electric guitar, woodwind, percussion and brass. Singing lessons are also available. Lessons take place during the normal school day but are on a strict rota system so that pupils do not miss the same lesson each week.

As instrumental tuition is additional to, and outside the school curriculum, fees are charged however pupils whose parents are in receipt of income support may be eligible for free instrumental lessons. Further information on choosing an instrument can be found at www.thegrid.org.uk/learning/hertsmusic

Performing Opportunities

All pupils at Edwinstree are encouraged to make music in a wide variety of styles whatever their level of ability and children regularly perform in class, assembly and school concerts. Any pupils wishing to perform a solo or in a small ensemble in an assembly should see the Leader of Music.

Clubs

The Majority of our pupils take the opportunity to develop their skills whilst also enjoying music making outside a classroom environment. A wide range of clubs are offered and well supported. These groups perform in assemblies and in concerts in the school but also perform in the wider community, for example in the Buntingford Carnival and at other local community events, including the Christmas 'Lights of Love' ceremony.

THURSDAY - LUNCHTIMEEDWINSTREE VOICES
THURSDAY - LUNCHTIMEBRASS BAND
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