It is our belief that a strong commitment to the arts, including music, offers a means through which all children, irrespective of their academic ability, specific learning needs, domestic circumstances or cultural background can find joy, fulfilment and a route to a lifetime of participation in the arts.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. At Greenbank Primary school the music education aims to 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.
The Music Coordinator, Mrs Heyes, is a Music Graduate and has a great deal of experience as a soloist and choral singer.
Our Vision of Music at Greenbank Primary School
Our vision of the Arts and the value we place in them enables pupils to reach their full potential, allowing them to become socially, morally, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and culturally integrated members of society. As the Arts stimulate creativity and imagination they provide a unique way of understanding and responding to the world, equipping children with a better understanding of the world they live in and enabling them to communicate their experience. We provide many opportunities for all children to create, play and perform and develop the skills necessary to appreciate a wide variety of art forms. Through experiencing the Arts, children are given the opportunity to enhance their creativity, self-esteem and confidence in a challenging and collaborative environment.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
- Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Corona Virus Update
A dual curriculum approach following the school closure in March 2020 ensured that Music continued to be delivered in a way which reflected the subject’s vision and approach to learning. Furthermore, due to Corona Virus restrictions we cannot currently offer any instrumental lessons. When restrictions are lifted we will resume our usual and full offer of lessons.
Extra- curricular Musical Opportunities at Greenbank:
Unfortunately, due to Corona Virus restrictions we cannot currently offer any instrumental lessons at the moment. When restrictions are lifted we will resume our usual and full offer of lessons. This also applies to our weekly singing assembly and Spring Concert.
Instrumental Music Lessons:
“Children from all backgrounds should have the opportunity to learn an instrument and to make music with others.” (DfE – National Plan for Music Education)
Pupils from Y4 to Y6 all have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument in small group lessons taught each week by specialist music teachers from Resonate . Parents make a contribution to this which is currently £27 per half tem or £17 per half term for children on Pupil Premium. http://www.resonatehub.co.uk
We are currently able to offer the lessons on the following instruments:
Strings: violin, viola, cello, guitar.
Woodwind: flute clarinet
Brass: saxophone, trumpet, cornet, trombone, euphonium.
The Annual Spring / Summer Concert is a showcase for all the children involved in instrumental activities at Greenbank Pimary.
Mrs Heyes leads regular Singing Assemblies for all pupils
Several year groups have already worked with Liverpool Cathedral Schools Singing Programme culminating in performances in Liverpool Cathedral with children from other schools. Further involvement is planned in the future.
Signposting families to music activities outside of school:
Resonate – Various instrumental and vocal activities are available http://www.resonatehub.co.uk/joinin.php
Liverpool Philharmonic Children’s Choir & Melody Makers offer an excellent introduction to choral singing for children aged 7 – 12 from in and around Liverpool. https://www.liverpoolphil.com/liverpool-philharmonic-childrens-choir–melody-makers
Liverpool Cathedral Junior Choir is for children from 6 – 14yrs. It rehearses on Wednesday from 4.30 – 6pm. http://www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/home/cathedral-music/singing-with-schools/our-junior-choir.aspx
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Junior Choir rehearses once a week at the Cathedral, on Monday’s from 6.00pm – 7.00pm. Children aged 7-11 are eligible to audition for membership. https://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk/music/the-choirs
LIPA 4-19 offers classes for children age 4 -19 in the various disciplines associated with musical theatre http://www.lipa419.co.uk/
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