Meet Mikey Music!
Mikey is such a music fan. He enjoys playing instruments, listening to different types of music and discussing what he likes about each piece.
Mikey knows that it can be fabulous to play an instrument so encourages you to try. He also recognises that people have lots of different tastes in Music – classical, opera, heavy metal and pop. He knows it is important to listen to all genres and to be able to share an opinion on what you like or don’t. In lessons Mikey wants to hear you sing, play the range of instruments in school and use musical language such as tone, timbre and pitch.
The Importance of Music in Our Curriculum
Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps people understand themselves and relate to others therefore forming important links between the home, school and the wider world.
The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
All children at Longmoor have the opportunity to enjoy musical experiences through listening, singing, movement and dance and by playing tuned and un-tuned percussion. We follow the Charanga Music School scheme of work to teach music and give pupils the best opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in this area of the curriculum.
Many children have individual or group lessons taken by the Music Partnership Team on a variety of instruments. We are also very pleased to offer the children at Longmoor the opportunity to become part of a band with Rocksteady Music lessons or learn drumming skills with Rockley Music.
Rocksteady Music School - Make Some Noise!
We are very excited to offer Rocksteady Music School sessions here at Longmoor Primary School! Their inspirational team of trained musicians come in and demonstrate the joy of making music in a band. Once parents sign up, the children take part in weekly rehearsals during school time, with one of the band leaders. They teach the bands their favourite songs to rehearse and perform to parents and guests. At the end of each term, the children take centre stage. They get to perform their chosen song in a live show to parents, guests and their friends. It’s a fun experience that builds personal confidence and makes school cool.
Take a look at the amazing opportunities offered by Rocksteady Music School on their website or via their Youtube Channel:
Drumming with Rockley Music!
Our pupils also have the opportunity to partake in drumming tuition with Rockley Music. Rockley Music provides pupils with the opportunity to learn an instrument whilst having lots of fun getting into the groove, reading, writing and performing music.
The drums are a fantastic instrument to learn and play. They are engaging, fun, physical and wonderful for building confidence in people. Drumming demands concentration, coordination, energy and enthusiasm and for these reasons young people in particular find playing the drums very stimulating, inspiring and a great form of physical and mental stimulation. Playing the drum kit for 20 minutes can really get your heart pumping! Furthermore, Rockley Music have also discovered drumming stimulates fine motor skills and core stability leading to an improvement in handwriting, physical and social skills.
Take a look at the amazing opportunities offered by Rockley Music on their website or via their Youtube Channel: