At Melbourn Primary School we are passionate about fostering a love and understanding of music in every child, and we are very proud of the opportunities that we are able to offer our children in their music education. We believe that music should inspire, motivate and move children emotionally and creatively, giving them a unique opportunity to express themselves, develop self-confidence, discipline and the ability to work co-operatively and sensitively with others.
Alongside our regular whole school singing, all of our children are introduced to music from different times and cultures through their topic work, and have the opportunity to play a range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments, composing music of their own or working on the different elements of music. In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 music is an integral part of the school day, where songs are used to enhance all areas of the curriculum and in Key Stage 2 children will have the chance to learn to play the ukulele, the recorder and also the steel pan. We believe that it is this first hand experience of learning to play an instrument that truly informs children how music works and enables them discover how the musical elements combine to create a piece and a performance. We have a large team of peripatetic music teachers that enhance our music curriculum and we are delighted to be able to offer the children instrumental lessons in piano, brass, woodwind, strings, guitars and drums. However, these lessons are in addition to the curriculum and so incur a cost to the parents.
In addition to our school productions we have an annual ‘Spring Concert’, where children are invited to perform what they have been learning in the classroom. The concert also features our school choir and instrumental soloists or groups. This gives the children an opportunity to share their music making with parents, friends and people from the wider community. We are committed to encouraging all of our children to develop their musical talents and to experience music-making at first hand.