REVIEW FOR MUSIC 2017/2018
It has been a year of consolidation and celebration for music in 2017/2018. The number of children accessing extra curricular musical opportunities has grown in numbers. Their confidence and skills have increased, and teachers have been able to establish more dynamic groups, building on the previous year's success.
Mrs Whittaker deserves huge thanks again. Her commitment to school means that our Year 4 and 5 pupils are able to receive high quality weekly woodwind lessons, the results of which were breathtakingly showcased at our end of year concert. Alongside this, the Year 2 and Year 3 tutor groups for recorder remain very popular and their regular performances demonstrate the high standards and skill expected of them.
The Ukulele groups continue to grow in strength and numbers and we wish Ben Floyd all the best in his future career. Taking over Ukulele teaching in September 2018 is Kevin James, who will be offering group ukulele teaching to Year 1 and Year 2.
The choir has again grown in numbers and has performed some complex pieces, using features such as descant parts, rounds and harmonies to a high standard in many public performances throughout this year. I have been encouraging some of our more confident singers to develop their vocal projection in solos or small group parts. The children are loving this challenge and continue to perform with joyfulness.
Mrs Buckley continued Orchestra rehearsals with additional members in Sept 2017 and after a year of dedicated practise the group is sounding fabulous. Again, it was wonderful to be able to celebrate their achievements at the end of year concert. Well done to Mrs Buckley for bringing such a diverse selection of instruments together and giving the children their first taste of ensemble playing in such a positive environment.
We continue to access support and training from the Leeds Art Forms Music Centre and have again been receiving part funding for Year 3 to have weekly violin lessons as part of their PPA afternoon throughout 2017/2018. This was very successful and gave our children a great opportunity to 'have a go' at learning a stringed instrument as well as reinforcing key musical skills. The violin assembly was a great celebration of the years work, and children performed tunes such as 'Havana' and 'Bobby Shaftoe' with great enthusiasm to the entire school. However, as Mrs Huby our violin teacher begins her retirement we felt it was perhaps time for a change, and after consultation with the children it was decided that we would assess the part funding for Year 2 to receive whole class percussion teaching from a specialist Art Forms tutor in 2018/2019. We look forward to welcoming 'George' to the team in Sept 2018.
Teaching and standards in music remain exceptionally high throughout school thanks to the specialist music teaching that children receive from Mrs Buckley and class teachers. I aim to improve the resources available to teachers by encouraging all staff to teach from the excellent online resource 'Charanga'. This has been funded by Leeds Art Forms for all Leeds schools. Initial training has already been given to all staff and will continue into the new academic year as staff start to assess the programme.
All staff continue to embrace the online song resource 'Sing up' and regularly download backing tracks that fit with year group topics. The teachers learn and teach many varied songs with energy and enthusiasm to the children. This song resource has also been especially useful for class assemblies, where music, drama and innovation is usually of an extremely high standard. I and Holly Dryden Jones have continued to use Sing up a great deal to plan for KS1 and KS2 singing assemblies which remain very popular 20 minute weekly sessions.
Music learning, playing and involvement continues to be placed very highly in school. Senior management organised a very supportive music meeting at the beginning of June, where all music staff were consulted and involved in the new plans for 2018/2019. As Sept 2018 marks the schools completed expansion to become a full Primary School it was a good time to review what musical opportunities we offer in School. The new plans aim to provide a wide range of choices to the children and, where possible, routes of progression as they grow and mature.
Here is just a small overview of extra music experiences that Guiseley Primary School has been involved in over the past year.
- Whole School Harvest Festival - October
- Guiseley's Got Talent - October
- Successful Christmas productions from all year groups - December
- Choir perform songs at Primrose Court care home - December
- Each class record a song for our Christmas album, which was sold to parents and raised £200 for school budget. The album even included a staff song!
- Pantomime visit school for Christmas show - Dec
- Choir performs songs at the Guiseley Christmas Lights Turn On - December
- Guiseley High School Band performs in assembly - January.
- Violins perform in assembly - Feb
- Choir takes part in the Aireborough Learning Partnership Show 'Let's Celebrate' at Guiseley Theatre - April
- Recorder assembly - April
- Choir performs at Children's Day - July
- Violins perform in assembly - July
- 'Guiseley's Got Rhythm' end of year music show - July
Many thanks for your continued support and here's to a musical 2018/2019!