REVIEW FOR MUSIC 2016/2017
It has been an especially fun and fantastic year for music in 2016/2017. The Ukulele groups continue to grow in strength and numbers, the large and small tutor groups for recorder remain very popular and their regular performances showcase fantastic standards and skill. Mrs Whittaker has also been able to offer other woodwind instrumental lessons to our new Year 4 pupils which has proved extremely popular.
The choir has again grown in numbers and have performed some complex pieces, using features such as descant parts, 'rounds' and HARMONIES to a high standard in many public performances throughout this year. A particular highlight was the Aireborough Schools Celebration Event at Yeadon Town Hall where we "stole the show" with a astounding performance.
Mrs Buckley began Orchestra rehearsals last term with great promise. We hope this to develop slowly as our children grow and mature. Our Pupil Premium children also continue to benefit from the fantastic music teaching skills of Mrs Buckely in their Glockenspiel Club.
We are very lucky to have support and training from the Leeds Art Forms Music Centre and have again been receiving part funding for Year three to have weekly violin lessons as part of their PPA afternoon. This seems to have been very successful and gives our children a great opportunity to 'have a go' at learning a stringed instrument as well as reinforcing key musical skills .
Teaching and standards in music remain exceptionally high throughout school thanks to the specialist music teaching that ALL children receive from Mrs Buckley. However we have many musical staff and all staff have embraced the online song resource 'SING UP' and regularly download backing tracks that fit with year group topics. The teachers learn and teach many varied songs with energy and enthusiasm to the children. This song resource has also been especially useful for class assemblies, where music, drama and innovation is usually of an extremely high standard. I have continued to use Sing-up to plan for whole school singing assembly which remains a very popular 25 minute weekly session.
Music learning, playing and involvement is placed very highly in school at the moment and I see this going from strength to strength in future years. The next step is to start a year 4 'drumming club'(Our new teacher Mr Partridge is a drummer!) which will act as a fantastic base for a junior band in year 5 and 6.
Here is just a small overview of extra music experiences that Guiseley Primary School has been involved in over the past year.
• Samba Bamba Workshops for whole school - October
• Successful Whole School Harvest Festival - October
• Successful Christmas productions from all year groups - December
• Choir perform songs at Primrose House care home - December
• Choir perform songs at the Guiseley Christmas Lights Turn On - December
• Guiseley High School Band perform in assembly - January.
• Music co-ordinators meeting for Mrs James and Mrs Buckley - Feb
• Recorder assembly - April
• Violins perform in assembly - May
• Choir involved in the Aireborough Learning Partnership Show 'Let's Celebrate' at Guiseley Theatre - July
• Choir and Ukulele groups perform at Children's Day - July
• Winners of Guiseley 'Battle of the Bands' perform in assembly - July.
• Choir perform songs at Primrose House care home - July