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Music

Our purpose built music studio is fully equipped with grand piano, audio-visual system, drum-kit, a wide selection of World percussion instruments, and music technology equipment (soundbeam, keyboards, sampler, iPads and wireless speakers). The room is spacious enough to hold concerts and training sessions for about 70 people.

Music is taught across the school by our music specialist teacher, to all pupils (aged 2-19) in regular weekly sessions.

In addition all lower school pupils attend weekly Singing and Signing sessions co-ordinated by our Speech and Language Therapy department.

Class teachers also use music throughout the day within lesson delivery, and as part of morning greeting and home-time routines, and assemblies.

In addition to the regular music curriculum, Victoria school offers extra-curricular musical activities for pupils:

  • School Choir - Choir is an optional lunchtime activity for pupils who enjoy singing. Choir perform in school events and in local community events throughout the year.
  • Signing Choir - Signing Choir is an inclusive popular lunchtime activity, where pupils enjoy popular music by signing along to the songs.
  • Recorder Group - This is an optional lunchtime group who meet once a week.
  • Media Club - A lunchtime group where pupils explore the creative potential of applications on the iPads.
  • Drumming and Percussion Workshops - Each class gets at least one extra-curricular drumming workshop each year; depending on the school topics, this has been either Samba Drumming, African Djembe drumming, Asian drumming, and Cajun drumming. Pupils have also participated in junk percussion workshops.
  • Music Therapy - Some pupils attend weekly music therapy sessions.

Visiting Musicians: Concerts and Workshops

All pupils in school attend workshops and concerts with visiting musicians. These are often linked to topics within the curriculum. Our most recent whole school topic was ‘Africa’ in Spring 2015 when all pupils participated in Djembe drumming workshops, and all attended the amazing dance and music performances by the visiting ‘Lions of Zululand’. The whole school topic in Spring 2014 was ‘Australasia’ when each class had a series of Didgeridoo workshops.

For the past four consecutive years, groups of pupils have worked with ‘Armonico’ musical theatre company developing the music and drama for a small in-school production. Through this work, pupils in KS3 have been awarded with Arts Award ‘Discover’ the Introductory level of Arts Award.

We have an established a 10 year long partnership with CBSO musicians, who deliver an extended creative music project every year, culminating in a performance within school. We host regular CBSO ensemble concerts and workshops in school, including the ‘Little Big Time Band’ and a String Trio.

Some classes attend the schools concerts at Symphony Hall and the CBSO Centre (external link).


Big Top Musical Theatre.
 
Big Top Musical Theatre.

School choir performing at Sainsbury's.
 
Outdoor carol service.

'Little Big Time Band' performance.
 
Choir performance in 2014.

Didgeridoo Workshop with Greg.
 
Didgeridoo Workshops.

CBSO Education Project 2015.
 
CBSO project in 2014.

Armonico Project.
 
Armonico workshops with Will Carlslake.

Armonico music workshops.
 
African instruments project.

African Drumming.
 
African Drumming with Sarah Westwood.