In Reception, pupils will discover elements of music such as pitch, dynamics and timbre through songs and musical games, based on a Kodaly approach to music lessons. Pupils will work towards using their voice confidently on their own and in a group, and explore the sounds that can be created with classroom percussion instruments. They will also listen to music in a wide range of styles, and explore some movement to music
Years 1 and 2 will use basic notation forms to perform and compose simple tunes on ocarinas or recorders, working towards being able to perform a range of pieces. They will also listen to music from a wide range of styles, and explore movement to music.
From Year 4 to Year 6, we will focus on different instruments: JSax, ukulele and keyboard. The pupils will develop a deeper understanding of pitch, notation, rhythm, dynamics, as well as the roles of accompanying instruments in an ensemble, working towards composing and improvising their own melodies.
This will be supplemented by expressive singing as well as listening to and appraising music in a wide range of styles.
Music at GES has been growing at an exciting rate in recent years and we are now proud to offer lessons with our visiting music teachers in a diverse range of instruments. Options include piano, violin, viola, cello, saxophone, flute, recorder, clarinet, guitar (classical, jazz or “sing and strum”), drumming and singing. The music lessons take place weekly, usually for 30 minutes, and are rotated each week.
If you wish to enquire further about music lessons at GES, please do not hesitate to contact Lucie Goater, our Music Administrator, at [email protected]