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Stockbridge - Primary and Pre-school

Music at Stockbridge

by Matilda, Year 3.

Music lessons are all around at Stockbridge school

When you are in Year 3 and 4 you will play as a class; keyboard, violin, cello, trumpet or trombone.  If you really like it then try doing the little group lessons and take another step forwad.  You can do this at any age if you are in Stockbridge Primary School.  In these small groups, you can learn guitar or in fact any instrument you like.  You will be put into groups of your standard and they are nice teachers who show you what to do.

If you want to have individual lessons, these are also available and the school works out the best time to slot in the lesson.

Every term Hampshire Music allows students to try an instrument.  I play the keyboard with my friends, after trying it out for a term, I really loved it and wanted to learn more!

Sometimes people come and play their instruments in the playground with a crowd of people following.  They are so good! 

Music lessons

Music lessons are available from Year 3 onwards with specialist music teachers both from the Hampshire County music service and from small, independent providors who are specialists in their field.  Very often, children come to music lessons having experienced a musical instrument at home or in their music curriculum lessons.  

Musical tuition delivered by HCC music service teachers is £65 per term, payable at the start of the year.  There is the option to hire a musical instrument so you can see if your child takes to it before necessarily commiting a huge amount of money towards one!  Individual music teachers deal with payment separately to the school and liaise with parents directly. 

We are very lucky to have an expert cellist amongst our staff and a number of parents who played their musical instruments at our carol concert for the children so we are not short of people to inspire our children!  They love it when an adult demonstrates the possibilities that are open when you can play an instrument well and this modelling is a crucial part of developing perhaps the next Ed Sheeran! 

Our talent show gave children the opportunity todemonstrate their musical skills with several composing pieces of their own, others showcasing their emerging talents on cello and violin and others in pairs on keyboards – quite a skill! 

Music in the curriculum

Music is built into the curriculum each term, delivered by either class teachers, PPA teachers or music specialists.  

Children in key stage 1 familiarise themselves with a range of instruments, largely untuned percussion, explore timbre, dynamic and rhythm.  This is usually done with Mrs McClue or their class teacher and passion is the key word here!  We want to give children a love of music in all its forms.  We are developing our singing curriculum and have inspired children with the ‘Giant Sing’ at Basingstoke Anvil during the spring term. 

At the beginning of Key Stage 2, children experience a range of musical instruments through the Listen2Me scheme. This invaluable scheme from Hampshire Music Service gives EVERY child an opportunity to play a musical instrument individually; autumn term this year was keyboards, spring term is violin and cello and spring term is a woodwind instrument.  This leads onto children being able to develop their interest and knowledge in small group or 1:1 lessons delivered by specialist teachers from Year 3 onwards. 

In Years 5 & 6, children have experienced a wide range of instruments, take part in singing lessons and sing up choir, sing at the O2 with Young Voices and generally follow their interests in a particular instrument or develop their knowledge of more complex musical concepts and composition.