At St Thomas', we recognise the important place of music in all pupil's lives. Our music lessons provide pupils with access to a depth of music across a variety of genres, allowing them to appreciate and evaluate a variety of music. Lessons provide all pupils with performance opportunities using both their voices and an array of instruments, whilst extra curricular activities in partnership with local instrument teachers allow pupils to explore a number of instruments in greater depth.
Music should:allow pupils to 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.
- teach pupils 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.
- enable pupils to 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.
This year, there are a number of exciting opportunities in school as we have teamed up with Musical Minds to develop our teaching. Since September 2016, we have been fortunate to have expert practitioners from Musical Minds leading both class sessions and additional tuition lessons. The knowledge and passion of these teachers raises the profile of musical activities within our school. Y3-4 have specialist singing lessons and Y5 have weekly drumming sessions.
Musical Minds offer a range of additional music tuition outside of class based music lessons. They offer a range of private tuition lessons from Y1-Y6, these lessons include:
If you're having music lessons outside of school, we'd love to hear about your accomplishments! For example, if you have completed a grade you could show off your certificate in our weekly celebration assembly, or even give us a little performance!