Here at Longstone, music is really important to us. There are many opportunities throughout the year for our children to develop and showcase their musical experience and knowledge. As well as having a topic-focused curriculum, which encompasses music, we are extremely lucky to have a range of daily visiting peripatetic teachers, who help our children to learn an instrument from an early age. We also encourage individuals to perform each week in our celebration assembly.
Through both curricular and extra-curricular music we aim to:
Foster a life-long love of music.
Equip our children with skills that develop their confidence and self-expression.
Develop the children's understanding and tolerance of others through a wide range of music experience.
Equip the children with enough music theory in order to facilitate their practical application.
Equip children with the musical knowledge to flourish at secondary school.
Expose children to a variety of musical genres and composers.
Develop the children's skills of performing, composing and appreciating music.
The following video goes some way to explain how music may benefit your child:
As part of our curriculum, we cover a different topic each half term, so children are exposed to six topics and areas of learning throughout the year. Each area of learning incorporates the skills of performing, composing, musicianship (including music theory), and listening and appraising. By linking music to our topics, we are able to give a broad musical experience to our children, ensuring they are developing an appreciation for music from different genres and cultures.
Our weekly music lessons taught by class teachers involve tapping out rhythms; listening to and describing music from our termly composer, as well as composers that fit with particular topics; playing and performing pieces learnt on a variety of instruments and transcribing music. Children also hear and use musical vocabulary every week, so it soon becomes part of their everyday language.
We have a designated practice room that our peripatetic teachers use for lessons on a daily basis. Instrumental lessons currently taught to our children are:
Woodwind - flute and clarinet
Brass - trumpet, cornet, trombone and french horn
If your child is interested in having instrumental lessons with one of our teachers, please contact the school office.
Our Special Longstone School 75th VE Day Video
Music is so important to us at Longstone School, that we have still been incorporating it, where possible, during the lockdown of 2020. We proved that even when apart you can create a musical masterpiece!