St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

Music

 

At St. Mary’s we enjoy a strong tradition of Music.

Our ‘Young Voices’ choir recently travelled to Birmingham to participate with 6,400 other primary aged school children at the Resort World Arena. The children sang a wide range of music from Gilbert and Sullivan, Pop, Rock and Beethoven to name just a few. After several months of learning the songs and movements, we sang, danced, cheered and had a brilliant time. The artists who took part this year were: Tony Hadley, Ruti, the Shires and Andy who led the dance troupe Urban Strides. It was an amazing experience to perform with a professional conductor, singers, dancers and a live orchestra. The lighting and sound effects, combined with an enthusiastic audience of parents, made it an evening to remember!

Here are some comments from the children:

“It was really loud and noisy at first, but I got used to it. I liked ‘The Shires’ guitar playing and singing”.

“I felt nervous and excited at the same time. I liked the Urban Strides dance group best of all because their dancing was really professional and cool”.

“The arena was really huge! I couldn’t believe how big it was. I was really happy to sing our songs to all the parents”.

“I’ve never seen so many people in one place! It was lovely to be part of a big choir.”

“I’ve never been so excited before”.

 

At St. Mary’s the children all take part in a weekly whole school singing assembly which has a mixture of traditional hymns and songs for school masses and also lively, contemporary up-beat music from a variety of genres. 

Each class has regular Music lessons in which children learn the basics of musical terms e.g. pulse, rhythm, timbre and start to learn music notation. The children experience a wide range of musical styles through listening, singing to and accompanying with tuned and un-tuned percussion in our music room. There are also opportunities for composing and collaboration for children to create their own music. We are fortunate to have a number of tuned percussion instruments, as well as un-tuned, as well as the ‘Charanga’ music programme to use with the children.

There are opportunities for the children to learn a wide range of stringed, woodwind and percussion instruments with our four peripatetic teachers. Mrs Williams and Mrs Beresford are established music teachers in the area. Mrs Beresford is also available to teach piano lessons outside of school hours. Our enthusiastic drumming teacher, Mr Harding, also holds a music degree. Mr Allen has taught at St. Mary’s for a couple of years. Our teachers are happy to be contacted directly so please see the information below.

Lunchtime recorder club is held weekly for years 2, 3 and 4 which is a great opportunity for the children to learn a tuned instrument, read music and play as a group. We have accompanying backing tracks for our pieces which range from salsa to pop and jazz. The children have made amazing progress since September and they took part in our school music concert last term.

Similarly, the year R and year 1 children in ‘Mini Singers’ club participated in the concert, and they are enjoying learning a variety of songs which they enjoy dancing along to.

Our year 6 children traditionally put on a summer performance in July, in which they showcase their acting, dancing and musical skills. Last year’s production was based on their class topic about World War 2.

These are the details of our peripatetic teachers.

 

Instrument

Teacher

Email contact

Guitar and ukulele

Tom Allen - Thursday

tommyjamesallen@yahoo.co.uk 

Woodwind: Clarinet, flute, saxophone & oboe.

Angela Williams –Friday

a.s.williams72@gmail.com

Stringed instruments: violin and piano.

Clare Beresford- Monday and Wednesday afternoons

clareberesford@googlemail.com

Drumming

Tim Harding

drummingtim@hotmail.co.uk 

 

 If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me through the school e-mail address.

 Mrs Johnson (Music subject leader)