At Gillibrand Primary school we aim to ensure that children are given the opportunity to play a wide range of musical instruments so they can identify their own individual talents. This ranges from untuned to tuned percussion as well as the wind instruments of the recorder and ocarina. In KS2 we have recently introduced Samba Drumming lessons to give the children opportunity to experience playing another instrument.Not only do we value the importance of children being given opportunities to learn to play an instrument, but also the importance of children learning to read and write music, so they can transcribe and read both their own and others music. Most importantly, we celebrate learning and the love of music through allowing children the opportunity to perform within lessons, to the school community, parents and the wider community including local care homes Coniston House and Gillibrand Hall. This allows children to develop and build their own confidence, not only as a musician but also as an individual.
Through our whole school inter-related curriculum, we ensure that music is taught through a meaningful context that is relevant to our pupils and enhances their understanding in other areas of the curriculum. From EYFS to Year 6, children are given regular opportunities to listen to, appreciate and enjoy music in a variety of subject areas, as well as during assemblies. Pupils are encouraged to value and appreciate the wide range of musical genres, composers and artists. Moreover, they are taught to understand and respect historical and cultural differences of the music they enjoy.
Our school music curriculum is also enriched by specialist music teachers who ensure our children are given the best music teaching in areas beyond class teacher specialism. Furthermore, throughout the school year, children enjoy live performances where they meet real-life musicians enabling them to develop their own musical aspirations. Individual instruments lessons are also offered through Lancashire Music Service. Currently, we offer keyboard lessons on a Wednesday morning before school. We also invite children in Key Stage 2 to be part of our school choir, who attend regular events within our local community all year round.