Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It gives an opportunity for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of an individual.
At school we aim to teach the children through our Charanga scheme:
- How sounds are made through different instruments
- To listen and appraise different styles of music
- To enjoy singing and performing
- To have some understanding of the composition of music
- To know how music has changed over time.
Much of our music and singing teaching can be seen in our weekly hymn practice and in our regular class assemblies where parents are invited. We are fortunate to have Tameside Music Service in school. They have worked with our Key Stage 2 children, teaching Year 4 how to play a new instrument including the saxophone and violin. The children in Year 4 also get the opportunity to perform their new instruments alongside the Hallé orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall and other schools as part of a school trip in the summer term. In Key Stage 2, children have the opportunity to choose to learn a large range of instruments such as the violin, guitar, piano and many more through the school's alliance with Tameside Music Service. Children in Key Stage 2 also have the chance to join the school choir where they learn a variety of songs of different styles. The children in the choir get to perform in assemblies and at the Young Voices concert, held annually at the Manchester Arena. The Young Voices concert combines the power of singing together as one, with accompaniment from a wide range of musicians and artists, to create an amazing performance in front of an audience of friends and family.