‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.,
National Curriculum Music (2014)
Through the Musical School programme we follow in school, the children develop their understanding, make musical judgements, apply their new learning, develop their aural memory, express themselves physically, emotionally and through discussion and create their own musical ideas.
The children not only learn about music; they become musicians who are able to share and perform using their new skills.
There are 3 main resource areas: Units of Work, themed Topic songs and activities and instrumental Courses. The Units of Work are the main focal point for the music curriculum whilst the Topics and Courses provide a wealth of extension, enhancement and cross-curricular possibilities and experiences.
The activities and games that we play cover the musical dimensions, (formerly elements – pulse, rhythm, pitch etc) through singing and playing instruments, listening and creating music – all intrinsically linked through a central song or piece.
We have begun a wonderful journey of praise through our new Year 4/5 choir. Over 30 children have volunteered to help enhance our singing in Masses and especially in support of our children who are to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Confirmation this year. This is a new initiative which we hope you agree is having a powerful effect on our praise to God each week. Year 3 and Year 6 are grateful for their support.
We have a great choir in school that is already hard at work preparing for the Young Voices concert on January 10th 2018. The repertoire is extremely varied and we are having great fun putting some very funky dance moves to the tunes. We hope you all have a wonderful time if you get the opportunity to join us for the final concert.
It has been a wonderful few weeks filled with Music here at Saint Edward's! For many months now our classrooms have been filled with a variety of song and musical pieces.
We began with our Music Evening last Tuesday when over 100 pupils ranging in age from Reception Class up to Year 6, performed for an audience filed with friends and family. Violins, cellos, accordions, recorders, flutes, pianos and the amazing steel pans were all played with great skill and enthusiasm. It also provided us the opportunity to say a fond farewell to Mr Beilby who has been our Violin teacher for over 28 years.
This week our focus shifts completely from a sedate musical evening, to the wonderful musical Oliver! The children of Year 6 have been putting all the energy into rehearsals for this amazing experience and we can safely say that we have some extremely talented children in our school!
Next week, the final week of term, sees us participating in two musical experiences.
On Tuesday 20 children from Year 6 will be entertaining the public with their Steel Pan skills and amazing singing in a Musical Celebration at Bishop Challoner. Students from Year 11 have written their own song especially for us to learn and we will be joining 4 other primary schools from our cluster group.
Finally, on the last day of term, 40 children from Year 5, 4 and 3 will be participating in a truly amazing experience...they have been invited to sing a melody of songs at Birmingham Symphony Hall along with the Symphony Orchestra, a Jazz Band and other fabulous musicians from across the Midlands! The children have been working so hard to prepare for this gala and have secretly been adding dance moves to their wonderful voices.
We all hope that you have been enjoying our special talents both vocally and musically this year and we have already booked our date for the Young Voices Concert on the 10th January next year. Mrs Bettam