Preston Park Primary

Music

‘Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything’ - Plato 

Why music matters to us at Preston Park

At Preston Park, we understand that learning in a creative way is important for every child's development.

Studying music is a great way to learn about the world and develop an understanding of different cultures through listening and appreciating a wide variety of music. It promotes creative thinking, working both independently and with a team, gives multiple opportunities for exploration, reapplication and performing.

Music helps the body and mind work together. Making music and moving to music helps build motor skills while allowing us to practice self-expression. Music also conveys emotions and ideas, even without words; music is a universal language.

What is in it for me?      

Music is a subject, which can appeal to everyone in so many different ways. You may enjoy listening to music, learning about music from the past and present, singing and performing, learning a new instrument, working with others, learning how rhythms fit together logically or having the freedom to create something completely new. Music is an accessible and creative outlet for all at Preston Park.

Today’s education focuses on explaining and exploring. Music enables us to engage with these ideas perfectly. More often than not, there is no right or wrong answer in music. It provides us freedom to explore ideas without fear of failing. A positive mindset can flourish with music.

How we teach Music effectively

A specialist teacher in our music hub teaches every child, from Year 1 to Year 6.

Our music specialist is a competent and inspirational musician and our music hub is fully equipped with a variety of different instruments for the children to learn.

We teach the National Curriculum for music and link our work to the Creative Curriculum theme of the term to support children making broader connections in their learning.

In KS1, children are be taught to: use their voice expressively whilst learning songs and chants, learn to play a variety of percussion instruments, listen to and discuss music, and create their own music.

In KS2, children are taught to: improvise, compose, listen and appraise, write music and perform. In addition to this, they learn about the history of different musical styles.

As well as specialist lessons, children take part in singing in preparation for their class assemblies and other projects throughout the year.

As part of promoting the enjoyment of learning an instrument, from September 2020, Year 1 children will learn the violin and Year 3 will learn a woodwind instrument in a whole class session. These lessons will be for one term and are free of charge. After this, there will scholarship opportunities for a selection of pupils to continue to learn their instrument through the year.

Class Music Lessons

Every child, from Year 1 to Year 6 is taught music by a specialist teacher in our music hub. Our music specialist is a competent and inspirational musician and our music hub is fully equipped with a variety of different instruments for the children to learn. We teach the National Curriculum for music and also link our work to the theme of the term to support children make connections in their learning.

In KS1, children will be taught to: use their voice expressively whilst learning songs and chants, learn to play a variety of percussion instruments, listen to and discuss music, and create their own music.

In KS2, children will be taught to: improvise, compose, listen and appraise, write music and perform. In addition to this, they will learn about the history of different musical styles.

As well as specialist lessons, children take part in singing in preparation for their class assemblies and other projects throughout the year.

Instrumental Lessons

We will be offering all year 1 children free violin lessons for the summer term. 

In Years 2-6, children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Guitar, keyboard and violin are available this year.

These lessons take place during the school day and children learn in small groups with a tutor from Brent Music Service. There is a charge for these lessons.

If you are interested in your children learning a musical instrument, please speak to a member of staff in the office.

Choir

Our school choir meets on a Wednesday lunchtime for rehearsals. It is a great way to meet new friends, learn new songs and it is great fun.

If your child is in Years 4-6 and they are interested in joining, ask them to speak to Mrs Joslin in the Music Room.

Orchestra

The best way to start the week- our school orchestra meets rehearses every Monday morning from 8:30am during soft start to 9:30am. It is a great way to meet new friends and learn new skills from others. We spend the session developing our teamwork and listening skills. We learn music of a variety of different styles and perform once a term in our end of term music concert.

Future careers in Music  

As music is such a varied subject, there are countless opportunities to use our skills when we leave school. Below are a few ideas of how skills can transfer into the working world:

DJ, producer, sound technician, lyricist, record producer, roadie, musician, music teacher, music therapist, journalist, agent, sound engineer for video games, songwriter; film music composer, song writer - all creative and fulfilling professions. 

Boys’ Choir

At PPPS we have a boys’ choir. We are a fun, energetic group of boys, who really enjoy singing. We meet at lunchtimes on a Friday. We have a chance to choose our own repertoire and sing it in the ‘End of term’ concerts.

In February, we attended a workshop led by Brent Music Service. We learnt some new material and performed these songs with other boys’ choirs in a joint concert at Queen's Park School in March 2020.

Performance opportunities

Performing is a great way to share our new skills and celebrate our achievements with other pupils in the school and our families.

Our children take part in many performances throughout the year.

Pupils get the opportunity to take part in one of our three Year Group ‘End of term’ concerts to celebrate their new found skills,

The School Choir, Orchestra and Boys’ choir have regular opportunities to perform in a range of settings, in and out of school. As well as taking part in an ‘End of Term’ music concert’, other venues have included: Brook House Nursing Home (Christmas celebration), Wembley Arena (Brent Makes Music concert), The Royal Albert Hall (Banardos Supporters Concert), O2 Arena (Young Voices), Queen’s Park Community School (Brent Boys’ Choir project).

The choir also takes part in the bi-annual Brent Primary Choir Competition and have achieved the Gold award.