All children have weekly class music lessons which follow a structured and balanced programme, giving a progression of musical skills, repertoire and knowledge from Years 3 to 6.
The lessons focus on practical music making through performing, composing and appraising. A wide range of music from different cultures and ages provides a rich experience of music in many contexts. Children are encouraged to enjoy music and gain confidence in expressing their musical ideas and feelings. ICT is also used to support the development of musical skills, knowledge and understanding; encouraging the creative process and enabling pupils to compose, record and listen to music in a variety of different ways.
For children who wish to develop their musical skills further, instrumental lessons are provided from Year 4 (subject to availability and passing of musical aptitude test) by Solihull Music Service and a termly charge is made for these lessons. The instruments taught include: brass, woodwind, strings, classical guitar and drums.
In addition, all children in Year 4 learn a brass instrument free of charge for one term under the 'Whole Class Ensemble Teaching,' in which the government pledges 'over time, all pupils in primary schools, who wish to, will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.'
Two brass specialists from Solihull Music Service teach the whole class on a range of B-flat instruments, including the cornet, trumpet, trombone and baritone. Once the teachers are satisfied that the children are confident about how to set the instrument up and take care of it, they are permitted to take them home to practise. At the end of the tuition, the children will have the option to take up small group lessons at the usual termly charge.
There are many opportunities for all out pupils to perform music, including assemblies, Christmas and Summer concerts, borough musical events and in the local community. Opportunities to perform include: Warwick Arts Centre, the Cavern Club in Liverpool and the O2 Academy. We are also very proud to hold a strong choir as well as a Rock Band who have performed at the Solihull Moors Football Club and Solihull Arts Complex.