Music at St. Edward’s
We aim to ensure that children in their time at St. Edward’s receive consistent and appropriate Music tuition and the opportunity to perform. Every class bar Year 4 receives three blocks of planned and well-resourced lessons, each of six weeks in duration. Teachers plan using the Music Express scheme as a starting point, either altering or annotating the basic lesson plans to ensure individual children’s needs are met. One block must be completed in each term. Year 4 benefit from taking part in the 1st Access Programme, this government sponsored initiative ensures that every child will receive specialist tuition in voice and two of the following instruments – African Drums, Violins or Brass. There is also a School Choir who take part in a four week after school club prior to both Christmas and Easter. The music co-ordinator collects and monitors the planned lessons during the year and is responsible for the music budget.
Specialist Music Tuition at St. Edward’s
Since September 2013 the children at St. Edward’s have benefited from being part of the St. Bede’s Music Academy. Teachers from St. Bede’s will instruct the children in Brass, Woodwind and Strings (at a current cost of £60.00 per term) and the children now have the opportunity to take part in the St. Bede’s Youth Orchestra every Wednesday in term time, with termly performances as well.
|Violin tuition will take place||Year 5/6 (2 children)||12.30-12.45|
|on a Monday with Miss Sutcliffe||Year 6 (1 child)||12.45-1.00|
|Year 5/6 (2 children)||1.00-1.15|
|Year 4 (2 children)||1.15-1.30|
|Year 4 (2 children)||1.30-1.45|
|Year 3 (3 children)||1.45-2.05|
|Woodwind tuition will take place||Year||Lesson Time|
|on a Monday with Mrs Bradley||Year 6 (2 children)||11.30-11.45|
|Year 5 (1 child)||11.45-11.55|
|Year 4 (1 child)||11.55-12.05|
|Year 3/4 (2 children)||12.05-12.20|
|Brass tuition will place||Year 6 (1 child)||11.20-11.30|
|on a Tuesday with Mr Thomas||Year 5 (1 child)||11.30-11.40|
|Year 4 (1 child)||11.40-11.50|
|Year 4 (1 child)||11.50-12.00|
|Year 3 ( 1 child)||12.00-12.10|
|Year 4 (1 child)||12.10-12.20|
|Year 3 (2 children)||12.20-12.35|
|Year 3 (1 child)||12.35-12.45|
Performance Opportunities at St. Edward’s
Children are given the opportunity to sing very regularly and both the standard of singing and the enthusiasm for singing are both very high. Children always sing at three assemblies during the week and we regularly receive compliments from parents and parishioners at the whole school Masses we celebrate approximately twice a term. Children are also given other opportunities to perform their chosen instruments at Monday and Friday assemblies.
The School Choir always takes part in the Blackburn with Darwen Carol Service at Blackburn Cathedral in early December. One class is selected each year to attend the Big Sing, another Blackburn with Darwen musical celebration when many school from around the Borough combine together to sing songs new and old to a large appreciative audience at King George’s Hall in Blackburn. As part of the Year 4 1st Access the class perform the instrument they have been learning to their parents, we usually have attendance of in excess of twenty despite middle of the afternoon performances! The infant children always sing beautifully at the Nativity Play in December for which they learn at least six new songs every year. Years 5 and 6 work together to sing the songs in a musical production that takes place every Summer term, the children learn between six and ten songs and perform to a packed school hall for matinee and evening performances.
The highlight of the musical year is always the Musical Afternoon. This takes place in the week before Easter and gives all our various musicians opportunities to perform: the choir; Year 4 1st Access (that terms instrument); all children who receive peripatetic tuition with their tutors to support and the school recorder group. re are usually three or four classes in attendance and for the last four years approximately 70 parents.
Mrs Turner – Autumn 2017