Music at College Town
“There is music in every child. The teacher’s job is to find it and nurture it.”
At College Town, we teach children music through different genres of popular songs and classical pieces. The children are taught in blocks or across the half term, depending on what suits the year group. Our pupils get the opportunity to listen to and appraise a range of songs, discussing their preferences and justifying these with reasons. The pupils then learn to sing the song and, over the course of the unit, play musical accompaniment for it on the glockenspiels, recorders and keyboards. We have a modern Music studio, which is very well resourced with 5 brand new keyboards and a range of new musical instruments.
Pupils are taught music from Nursery all the way through to Year 6. We have a range of genres being taught, including units on ballads, rap, reggae, pop and rock. All pupils learn about rhythm, pulse, texture, pulse and timbre. Musical notation is introduced gradually across the school, starting with pictorial representations in EYFS/KS1 and moving on to standard musical notation in KS2.
In addition to this, our Year 5 pupils receive expert tuition from a musician from Berkshire Maestros, which is the local area music service. This year, they learnt how to play trumpets, tenor horns and baritones. We also have one to one music tuition available, including piano, violin and flute lessons. We are very proud of our school choir, who recently performed in front of an audience of 15,000 people at the O2 Arena in London as part of the Young Voices concert alongside 8000 other children!