'Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young.' Aristotle
Music is seen as a real strength throughout the school. In EYFS, KS1, Year 5 and 6 it is taught as part of our interdisciplinary topics. This year we are excited to offer whole-class instrumental lessons, extending our curriculum Music provision. Children in Year 3 will be learning recorder and children in Year 4 will be learning the Ukulele.
Mrs Gregory-White is the Teacher in charge of Music. In the Autumn Term 2019, each class has a 30-minute music lesson with Mrs Gregory-White, with the exception of Year 4. Year 4 has a 60-minute Ukulele lesson with a visiting teacher as part of the Hertfordshire Music Service First Access scheme.
The Music curriculum is built using a range of resources including Charanga and BBC Ten Pieces. Children have the opportunity to develop their skills in Singing, Instrumental Performance and Composition.
All the children take part in at least one performance each year. In December there is a Christmas production for EYFS, Years 1 and 2, was well as the KS2 Carol Service. Lower KS2 perform an Easter play and Year 5 and 6 have the end of year production.
Music concerts are organised in the Spring and Summer term for those taking instrumental lessons to be able to perform to an audience.
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.
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, woodwind and violin, and those from Year 4 and above may learn these as well as the guitar; these instruments are taught via the Herts Music service.
This term we have also invited Rocksteady Music School in to offer group lessons in electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboard and voice. Groups work together on a chosen song and perform in an end of term music concert.
As well as singing being an important strand of the music curriculum, it is an important part of our school community. As a catholic school, the singing of hymns is an important part of our worship. Children sing weekly hymns in our Friday morning Liturgy and Celebration assembly as well as in weekly class collective worship. Collective worship is also a time to practise the hymns in order to ensure our singing is at it's best.
We are immensely proud of our choir who, under the direction of Mrs Gregory-White, are the current 'St Albans Primary Choir of the Year', a title that we are hoping to compete for and keep in 2020. The choir performed an excellent rendition of 'This is Me' from 'The Greatest Showman' at St Alban's Abbey. The adjudicator highly praised the choir for their enthusiasm and commitment throughout their performance.
Choir practice is open to all children in KS2 on a Wednesday lunchtime (12.15-12.45). This year, as well as hoping to compete again in the Young Musician competition, we have the opportunity to perform at the Royal Albert Hall Gala run by Hertfordshire Music Service. We will also prepare a piece for the KS2 Carol Service and for the Spring and Summer Term Music concerts.