Charanga is an exciting computer program which is used across all Key Stages. It ensures continuity of approach and progression in music throughout the school. The school has abundant resources with a wide variety of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, which enhance the teaching of music.
Instrumental tuition and Clubs
Singing is an integral part of our school. There are two singing clubs within school; Glee, which is open to all junior children, and Young Singing Leaders, which is through audition only. KS1 and KS2 also get the chance to learn fun, new songs during our singing assemblies.
All year 4 pupils have free brass instrument lessons, which include trombones, trumpets, cornets and euphoniums. The children then have the choice to continue tuition in years 5 and 6 (at a reduced cost). The brass tuition is led by Louise Hough from Resonate Music Hub. Children across Key Stage 2 also have the opportunity to play the violin with our peripatetic teacher Linda Langford and drumming with our peripatetic teacher Aaron McGhee. School Band continues to be a popular extra-curricular activity that is now held off site with Resonate at Bellerive High School and hosts children from primary schools across Liverpool. Years 2, 4 and 6 pupils follow a further scheme of music run by the Philharmonic, in the spring term, which culminates in them taking part in a concert at the Philharmonic Hall.
School Band has performances outside of school through Resonate throughout the year and has even performed at the Philharmonic! Glee and Young Singing Leaders perform every year at Christmas and during the spring/summer term. There have been concerts for all musicians held in St Michael’s Church and on a professional stage as part of our ‘mini-Glastonbury’ summer fair.
The ‘Brass’ children and Young Singing Leaders have taken part in events organised by Resonate Music Hub during the summer term. Both events are all-day and include rehearsals in the morning then performances in the afternoon.
Early Years had their first performance last year through the Mini Maestros music project. During the summer term Pip and Mickey (from Mini Maestros) run weekly sessions for all of the Early Years Foundation Stage which culminates in a concert for parents and carers.
Music and ICT
Music and ICT is a strength at our school. Simon Bradshaw, our Music and ICT ‘whizz,’ works in upper KS2 and in KS1 to incorporate the two subjects in exciting and innovative ways. He works across the key stages designing and creating class projects, as well as whole school projects. Take a look at some of the videos!