St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

Music

 

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

 

In the Spring, Our ‘Young Voices’ choir 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 and contemporary songs 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 and un-tuned percussion instruments, and we use the ‘Charanga’ music programme 

 

There are opportunities for the children to learn stringed, and percussion instruments with three peripatetic teachers. Mrs Beresford is also available to teach piano lessons outside of school hours. Our teachers are happy to be contacted directly, so please see the information below.

 

Lunchtime recorder club 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 took part in our Spring Music Concert.

The ‘Mini Singers’ club for year r and 1 was very popular, and the children loved learning pop songs and dancing in our sessions. They also participated in the concert.

 

Traditionally, the year 6 children put on a summer performance in July, in which they showcase their acting, dancing and musical skills. Unfortunately, due to COVID -19, this was not possible. However, the year 6 children who were in school, remotely contributed to the Clifton Diocese Year 6 Leaver's Mass by singing in the fresh air and Mr Bacon filmed it. We enjoyed watching the Mass by zoom in our classrooms.

 

These are the details of our peripatetic teachers.

 

Instrument

Teacher

Email contact

Guitar and ukulele

Tom Allen - Thursday afternoon.

tommyjamesallen@yahoo.co.uk 

Stringed instruments: violin and piano.

Clare Beresford-   Wednesday and Friday afternoons

clareberesford@googlemail.com

Drumming

Tim Harding - Thursday afternoon.

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)