Music is seen as a real strength throughout the school. Mrs Gregory-White is the Teacher in charge of Music. Each class has weekly music lessons following the Charanga Musical World scheme which provide the children with a wealth of musical experiences and skills, from singing in parts as well as unison, to playing a whole array of percussion and other instruments; composition and music appreciation.
All the children in the school have a weekly singing session, usually in the form of Hymn Practice. The quality of singing is high throughout the school.
The school provides the opportunity for Key Stage 2 to pupils to learn a variety of musical instruments. Children from Year 3 and above have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder, and those from Year 4 and above may learn the guitar; these instruments are taught by Mrs. Goldsmith via the Herts Music service. KS2 children may also learn the violin, or may choose from flute, clarinet or saxophone lessons.
All the children take part in at least one concert each year. In December there is a Christmas production for the Infants, while children from Years 5 and 6 are given the opportunity to perform Christmas carols and songs at the Verulam Golf Club Christmas dinner. Lower KS2 perform an Easter play and Year 5 & 6 have the end of year production.
All the children from KS2 who learn to play an instrument in school perform at one of the Instrumental Concerts during the Summer Term. The numbers taking part in these is well in excess of 50% of the children. The Year 5 and 6 pupils also perform a musical play at the end of the Summer Term.
Some children from the school have also performed on a number of occasions at the Royal Albert Hall (The Hertfordshire Schools Music Gala). St. John Fisher also take part in the wonderful St Albans Primary Schools’ Music Festival, held annually at the Alban Arena and the Primary Schools’ Carol Service in St. Albans Abbey.