Subject Leader - Miss Elizabeth Whittingham
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” - Victor Hugo
At Hermitage Primary School our long term vision for music ensures that all pupils:
- enjoy a rich experience in music and the creative and performing arts
- has the opportunity to learn and perform on a musical instrument and be part of a thriving choir and orchestra
- develop an understanding of how the historical, cultural and social origins of music contribute to the diversity of musical styles
- have the confidence in their music knowledge and ability, whether it be through perfomance or expresssing opinions
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” - Plato
The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others
- have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
“Music can change the world because it can change people.” - Bono
At Hermitage Primary School, children are given a range of musical experiences during the seven years they are with us, usually taught by the class teacher and a music specialist.
Singing is an important part of school life and the children in both key stages meet once a week to sing together as well as together in their class as part of theri music lessons and cross-curricular work.
We also have a Key Stage 2 choir which represents our school many times throughout the year at community events.
Throughout the school the children's musical skills are developed, they are encouraged to lead and play as part of a group, right from the beginning.
A number of years ago Hermitage embarked on a pilot scheme run by Cheshire, known as Wider Opportunities. Every child in Year 5 was given the opportunity to choose a musical instrument at the beginning of the year, they would then have ownership of it for a year. Each week the children would play and learn together. This proved to be so successful we bought another set of instruments, making the scheme a two year programme. Over this time a majority of the children make great progress, both individually and playing as part of a group. Some go on to continue with their musical tuition in secondary school and beyond.
The teaching is delivered by two teachers, the brass tutor is Mr Nick Birch, (from The Love Music Trust - LMT) and Miss Whittingham - the year 6 class teacher - who is responsible for the woodwind section. The Year 6 children play at some local events, including the Cheshire Show and performing with the Hallé Orchestra.
It is a very exciting way to implement the music curriculum at this stage, the children learn how to read and play music, follow a conductor and perform together. The project has been made possible thanks to the support of the Hermitage PTFA
Here are just some of the many positive comments the children have said about the initiative:
“It’s great and a really fun way to learn music.”
“It’s great to have the opportunity to play a musical instrument.”
“I’m really enjoying it.”
This term the school choir will be performing at:
Home Grown in Holmes Chapel, Capethorne Hall Christmas Market, Holmes Chapel Christmas Market, the Key Stage 2 Christmas Concert as well as taking part in a competition run by Silk FM radio.
Other music at Hermitage:
We are very lucky to have peripatetic music teachers at Hermitage, offering a range of instrumental tuition.
Current instrumental lesson opportunities include:
guitar, flute, piano, keyboard, recorder, brass
The children who have lessons are given the opportunity, and are encouraged, to perform for others in assemblies, for their class and at the annual Spring Concert.