Music gives all children the ability to express themselves creatively and with imagination. At Great Missenden we want to inspire a love of music, we want the children to enjoy learning and we want every child to have the opportunity to be part of a musical performance.
What does music look like at Great Missenden School?
- Every child receives at a minimum a 1 hour dedicated music lesson each week delivered by a specialist music teacher
- A progressive approach is taken and children learn to listen, understand, compose and play music from reception upwards, with skills and knowledge increasing year on year
- We teach music theory, aural recognition and include the Kodaly method with certain activities
- We take a very practical approach to the learning and children will sing and/or play instruments in every music lesson
- Whole class practical musicianship is taught in music lessons throughout KS1 and KS2 (Drumming, samba band, ukulele, classroom percussion)
- Throughout their time at the school children are exposed to a huge range of different musical genres and styles from all over the globe - past and present
- Music lessons will be linked to year group learning and projects as an extension of class topic lessons
- Music is an integral part of all cultures and it opens up an avenue for cross curricular learning whilst providing the opportunity to bring a topic to life
- All children have the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular musical activities in the form of lunchtime or after school clubs.
- KS2 children have the opportunity to take instrumental lessons if they wish. These lessons are delivered during school time by teachers from the Bucks Music Trust (BTM)
Rock band visited the studio at Buckinghamshire College Group on 26th June. We had an amazing day recording a CD of the music the children have been working on all year. Our wonderful sound engineer Nick took us through the process and gave the children a wonderful day and an unforgettable experience. All the children were impeccably behaved and a credit to the school. Many thanks to the college and to Nick Lindsay for all his hard work. The CD will be on sale before the end of term.
The children in songwriting club have been working so hard this term.
Collectively the children have created their first composition inspired by their passion for combating climate change.
They created the backing track themselves using online software, wrote the lyrics, came up with a tune and recorded it for you to enjoy.
For the remaining weeks of song writing club the children will be writing their own songs (individually and in small groups) and I look forward to the results.