Music is all around us, we can’t get away from it and there’s a reason for that. Music is amazing. It provides children with a range of opportunities to develop socially, emotionally and even physically. There are many studies that proves that music can develop a child’s education and we, at The Avenue primary school, do not ignore the intellectual impact that music can have on each child.
Music can be related to the core subjects. Through learning, playing and performing music children need to count different time signatures which enhances maths. Reading and writing skills can be developed through music from understanding the effect of rhyme, reading lyrics and studying stories told through songs can develop reading and writing skills.
Below are a few examples of how we incorporate music in your child’s school life.
Music Makes Me
The Avenue primary school has a great partnership with Music Makes Me. Music Makes Me is lead by Helen Norris who, with parent’s permission, runs a weekly keyboard club for the children, after school, every Tuesday. She adapts modern songs to suit all abilities teaching them to play together, read music notation and to enjoy learning music. Mrs Norris has also composed songs for the children to sing at the Christmas concert and is currently composing a school song for The Avenue primary school.
TVMS – Tees Valley Music Service
The children are offered the opportunity to study a musical instrument with peripatetic teachers who are provided by The Tees Valley Music Service. Currently, TVMS has employed a specialised guitar teacher who comes in to the school and gives 1:1 lessons. These lessons are private and are at the discretion of the parent who will pay directly to TVMS. The school has also bought a series of lessons, from TVMS, where a specialised teacher is to come into the school for ten weeks and teach Taiko drumming to Year 4. The children will be taught to play together, read musical notation and to learn a new instrument. In addition to this, TVMS are providing Reception and Year 2 with a 2-week taster session in music. Again, the children will be taught to play together, experiment with different pitches using different musical instruments and to enjoy music.
Every Friday afternoon, the school has a singing assembly, which lasts for half an hour. Here, the children enjoy singing together and learning new songs that they may need to sing for concerts or assemblies. At the beginning of each assembly (Monday afternoon and Friday morning) the school come together and sings songs before and after both assemblies.
Throughout the academic year, the children are given lots of opportunities to play and perform. Last year, we held an in-house competition where each class were asked to practise and perform a song with the theme of motivation. Each teacher found strengths in the children and adapted songs to suit their needs, such as playing instruments, soloes and duets. We are to repeat this engaging, friendly competition in the Spring term. Furthermore, Year 3 children are given a fantastic opportunity to sing alongside other schools in a Christmas concert.
Every year each Key Stage performs a Nativity where lots of singing and performing is involved. This is a great opportunity for confident singers to perform solos or duets.
Teachers use the music objectives from the national curriculum, that are relevant to their age group. Throughout school, teachers give the children different opportunities to develop their musical skills by engaging the children by linking music to topics that are taught. For instance, in Year 6, children have looked at songs from the WW1 era. Year 1 and 2 will be looking at carnival music in the summer term, which is linked to their Rio de Vida topic. The children in Year 3 will be looking at music in film with heroes and villains and they will be given an opportunity to experiment with composing their own tunes to go with their own heroes and villains. In Spring 2, Year 5 are looking at Tudor music.
We understand the importance that music has on every child throughout their school and personal life. The school adopts an all-inclusive approach and ensures that every child is given an opportunity to shine in this subject through many different events. It is an engaging and enjoyable subject which is relevant to all aspects of a child’s development.