Music

Music Co-ordinator: Mrs Melinda Miguel

Music Governor: Mrs Frances Khatcherian

Class Music Lessons

Each year group receives one whole class music lesson per week which is delivered by a specialist music teacher for three half terms during the academic year. The content of these lessons often links with our termly learning themes and it follows the National Curriculum for Music guidelines. While singing and playing both tuned and untuned musical instruments, our children experiment with and explore the inter-related dimensions of music and are given opportunities to compose and improvise music too. They listen to music from a diverse range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions and learn to review and evaluate it using their developing musical vocabulary. They learn to form an understanding of basic musical notations and develop an introductory understanding of the history of music.

Singing

We pride ourselves in our singing at Notley Green and place singing at the heart of our school ethos. This year, we were awarded a national Silver Sing Up award for our singing achievements that include regularly singing within:

Our classrooms    

  • Our whole school daily assemblies
  • Our playground
  • Our wider community

Performance opportunities

We provide our children with many performance opportunities throughout the course of the school year. Some of these include:

  • The Choir performing at the annual Young Voices concert held at the London O2.
  • The Choir singing with local community groups during the Christmas and summer season.
  • Singing with other local primary schools at an annual ‘Big Sing’ event.
  • Annual spring and summer concerts held at the school.
  • Every year, the whole school sings together during our ‘Carols Round the Tree’ Christmas celebration and during our ‘Performing Arts Day’ which is held at the end of our summer term. All of our parents and carers are invited to attend these events.

Wider Musical Opportunities

Wider musical opportunities are also offered to our children. These include:  

School Music Clubs

Our music clubs run throughout the course of the academic year and currently include:
  • Key Stage 1 Singing & Music Making (Spring and summer term only)
  • Key Stage 2 Choir
  • Key Stage 2 Orchestra
  • Key Stage 2 Recorders

First Access Whole Class Instrumental Lessons

All of our Year 4 children receive one whole term of free instrumental lessons in flute and clarinet. These weekly lessons are delivered by a tutor from Essex Music Education Hub (EMEH). These lessons give the children an introduction to learning a tuned musical instrument which they might then like to further develop through the HUB’s 1:2:1 tuition scheme explained below.

 

1:2:1 Music Tuition

We currently offer the children the opportunity to have private 1:2:1 tuition in Guitar, Flute, Keyboard and Piano with outside peripatetic music tutors. Through the Essex Music Education HUB (EMEH), we are able access tutors in a wider range of musical instruments should your child wish to learn a different instrument to those mentioned above.

Learning a musical instrument develops skills that are useful for many of life’s endeavours. It can help develop independent thinking skills, organisation, concentration, coordination and, through lessons and ensemble work, communication skills.

As well as being pleasurable, learning a musical instrument can give a great sense of achievement and can help to heighten self-esteem.

Essex Music Education Hub (EMEH) website

For details of further local musical opportunities that are available to your child, you might like to visit the HUB’s website at https://www.essexmusichub.org.uk/site/