"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."
"If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them."
- Luciano Pavarotti
"If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing."
- J. M. Barrie
Music is a very important part of life at Clehonger Primary School. Children sing and listen to different styles of music every day during Collective Worship. We sing for and with parents every Friday during our Celebration Assemblies and also with Clehonger parishioners at Christmas, during our Carol Service at the church.
Children learn to play percussion instruments and there are also opportunities for them to learn tuned instruments and to enjoy and learn from musical activities on our computers and tablets. We use Music Express to help us deliver the curriculum (please see document below) and to ensure progression across the primary age range.
Relaxing music is used during stilling sessions to help children focus and concentrate at the beginning of the day and after break and lunch. Music can also sometimes be used during other activities like writing, topic, art and PE.
We enjoy collaborating with other schools during our Sing Spring In projects which happen annually. We work with specialist teachers from Herefordshire who help us to learn a variety of songs including songs from other cultures. We then perform these at a high school with children from other primary schools. Parents are invited to these performances. Key Stage 2 children also participate in music lessons delivered by high school staff.
Each year Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children perform a musical with a nativity theme and Key Stage 2 children perform a musical in the summer term. These performances are looked forward to with great excitement and enthusiasm. We also form a samba band for our annual carnival. Children and staff process around our local village sharing the samba rhythm with the community and announcing the beginning of our summer fete.
We have an active choir who learn and perform a range of material and we encourage soloists to perform during Collective Worship and Celebration Assemblies. We are also involved in the BBC Ten Pieces Project.
We currently offer peripatetic acoustic guitar, electric guitar and drumming lessons.