'Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.' - Plato
The Vision for Music at Holy Trinity
Music is at the heart of culture in many societies therefore it is only natural that we should help foster a love and understanding of it in the children we teach. Through music, pupils can express themselves with creativity and emotion. Music lessons at Holy Trinity will give pupils an outlet for their creativity. We will give them the tools with which to create musical masterpieces, the understanding to discuss music on a deeper level using correct terminology and sow the seed of curiosity to learn a musical instrument. We will begin to teach the language and notation of music so that pupils can share their ideas with others. Music lessons will take away the fear of performance and celebrate musical achievements large or small. We will begin to generate a love of music, giving pupils the confidence and drive to take their musical studies further. Music is not only a hobby but is a common language that flows through us all, as teachers we can tap into that and nurture it. When words fail, music speaks.
What does music look like in our school?
At Holy Trinity, the pupils participate in weekly singing sessions where they are taught to sing both hymns and positive or motivational songs. These sessions are led by Miss Ramsay and Mrs Goddard. The pupils are taught how to use their voices properly and safely through warm up songs and games. They are also taught about composers, dynamics and different styles of performance. These hymns or songs are often used in our Monday worship, down at Holy Trinity church services and at concerts or in school performances. The pupils are encouraged to sing both in unison and parts. Pupils enjoy these sessions and are often heard singing the songs taught later in the day around school.
Individual and Group Music Lessons
Several of our pupils are fortunate enough to receive individual or group singing and piano lessons. Mr Butler, an external music specialist, gives weekly lessons to those children who wish to pursue music on a more formal level. They benefit from the individual teaching or smaller group sizes and this helps them to achieve their musical potential. This year, we have added a guitar specialist who teaches individual lessons to pupils on a Monday. The pupils from these lessons are given the opportunity to showcase their talents in an annual concert which parents are invited to.
Class Instrumental Lessons
Over the past couple of years, Holy Trinity pupils have had the opportunity to learn an instrument within their classes as weekly music lessons. Through these lessons, often taught by external specialists, the pupils learn how to read music, music theory, the discipline and all of the enjoyment that comes with learning an instrument. This is something that will be continued at Holy Trinity as we are very fortunate to have good links with the DASCO Music Hub, Kent Music School and Red Rooster. We also own a range of instruments which can be used for this purpose. Holy Trinity pupils enjoy and look forward to these weekly lessons where their musical skills and knowledge is both challenged and improves.
This year pupils have had the opportunity to learn:
Year 2 - Ocarinas
Year 3 - Recorders
Year 4 - Choral Outreach Singing
It is hoped that this can be continued and built upon so that all year groups have the opportunity to develop their skills with instruments. The classes that do not have the chance to learn an instrument are given the opportunity to play instruments within their weekly music lessons.
Music in Class
Pupils are taught weekly Music lessons by their class teacher. We follow the Charanga scheme. In KS1 pupils are taught Music for the whole year and in KS2 Music is taught bi-termly to give teachers the chance to teach French during the other terms. Class teachers choose a Charanga topic from the six they are given and use resources to create opportunities for singing, instrument playing, composing and performance. These lessons are all based on the key strands from the National Curriculum. Pupils enjoy these lessons as it gives them some freedom from more academic lessons and an outlet for creativity
Our Music Scholar program has now run for two successful years. Pupils who show a serious interest in Music and who are willing to take it further are selected and given weekly sessions with Mr Butler, a music specialist. They are taught how to read music, sing choral pieces in part harmony and given composition opportunities. The Music Scholars perform at church services and in school concerts. Pupils who belong to this group enjoy the challenges working with choral music presents. They are all becoming more confident and accomplished performers.
Holy Trinity Musical Theatre Group
This is the third year of running for the Holy Trinity Musical Theatre Group. The Musical Theatre Group gives pupils the chance to perform in a full musical, on stage with setting, props and dance routines. It gives them a chance to understand the process of being a part of a musical cast and is an amazing performance opportunity for them. The cast changes for every show and any pupil who shows an interest is able to audition. Miss Ramsay runs this club with enthusiasm and pupils enjoy the time they spend working on their performance whilst making new friends. There is always a buzz around show week. Our forthcoming production will be performed next term.
Young Voices Choir
Holy Trinity is proud to be one of the many schools which take part in the Young Voices concerts which happen every year at the O2. The pupils rehearse for the first few terms of the year and are taken to the O2 to showcase their songs and dance moves. It is an incredible opportunity for the pupils and they leave with wonderful memories. The songs they learn for the concert are used within school performances to ensure that the hard work of learning so many songs is not wasted.
Exciting opportunities to look out for next year:
O2 Young Voices Choir and Performance
Choral Outreach Concert
Another musical from Holy Trinity School Musical Theatre Group
And many more...