Music

Music Subject Leader: Mrs Jenni Colebrook

Music Governor: Mrs Frances Khatcherian

Class Music Lessons

We value music highly in our school and aim to provide a high quality curriculum. Our main vehicle for this is Charanga, a virtual learning tool created and run by Essex music service. The content of our lessons often links with our termly learning themes and 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.  We have been 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 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:  

1:2:1 Music Tuition

We currently offer the children the opportunity to have private 1:2:1 tuition in Guitar, Keyboard, Piano and drums 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.

Whole class music tuition

Our Year 4 children are currently enjoying whole class instrumental tuition.  This is important as it enables children to develop a passion for playing an instrument and gain more experience of reading sheet music.

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/   

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