This year is a bumper year!
All our year 2 children are learning to play the recorder with Mr Wright where they will develop rhythm, notation, composition and performance skills. More importantly, they will have fun and develop self confidence, determination and team skills.
All our year 4 children and staff are learning to play instruments through the Wider Opportunities Programme which enables them to access tuition for a year from specialist musicians at Wigan Music Service. Y4R are learning to play the guitar, Y4M are learning to play string instruments and Y4C are learning to play the flute and clarinet. Every week they will develop skills in reading music, rhythm skills, listening and appreciation, composition and singing skills along with technical mastery of their instrument. School has provided this opportunity for a number of years now and we have seen a significant rise in self confidence, self control and enjoyment throughout the year as the children learn what it takes to become a musician.
We are very lucky at St Matthews to have a supportive team of staff and governors. For a second year, school are funding children who have shown significant talent and ability to continue with their wider opportunity instrument into year 5. Twenty children across year 5 are receiving free tuition and instrumental hire on guitar, flute and clarinet to enable them to continue to play the instrument they took up in year 4.
For the first time ever, 10 of our year 6 children are continuing for a third year. Some of our talented year 6 woodwind players have received their bronze music medal from the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music and are attending the Wigan Music Service Woodwind ensemble. Well done to those children who have shown commitment to their learning and have made great progress over the last two years.
http://www.dsokids.com/ is a great website to play musical games and learn about the orchestra. Give it a go!
Meanwhile throughout school, our youngest children are enjoying outdoor music with some new equipment bought specifically for outdoor learning. This will enhance their creative learning skills and will spark their interest in music from an early age.
KS1 children continue to enjoy weekly music lessons in class where they are able to experiment with sound sources, a wide variety of tuned and unturned percussion and sing on a daily basis.
KS2 children continue to enjoy their weekly lessons through Charanga, a specialist music programme used throughout school to encourage children to sing, play, compose and perform. Year 5 are particularly enjoying their Bamboo Tamboo sessions at the moment, their rhythm skills are growing every week.
Good luck to all our children who are preparing for Harvest performances, their singing is lovely - wait until you hear them!