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Welcome to our school music page!

 

My aim for this page is that it will become a blog of our musical adventures across the year. Below, you will find some key information about our Music curriculum and music groups that are held weekly, alongside the blog.

 

Stephanie Boden - Music Lead

 

Amber and Isla are our Year 6 Music Ambassadors. You will see details of how they promote the subject of Music in our blog below.

 

 

At More Park we aim to introduce children to the universal language of music. Children will be exposed to a range of musical talent for critical engagement and to inspire their love of music. Music lessons are skills based, focusing on pitch, rhythm, dynamics, tempo and structure. They are also given regular opportunities to compose, perform and critique, encouraging them to try their best and become talented musicians. Using gospel values, children will develop a cultural and historical understanding of Music to develop a rounded understanding of the significance of music across the world.

In class, we follow the Charanga music scheme which promotes skills based mastery of musical concepts. Music is learnt weekly, with years 4 and 5 receiving extra ukelele tuition from a peripatetic tutor on a rotating two weekly basis. 

 

"Musical teaching and learning is not neat or linear. The strands of musical learning, presented within the lesson plans and the on-screen resources, are part of the learning spiral. Over time, children can both develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established musical skills and concepts. Repeating a musical skill doesn’t necessarily mean their progress is slowing down or their development is moving backwards! It's just shifting within the spiral. Mastery means both a deeper understanding of musical skills and concepts and learning something new." (Charanga)

 

 

 

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As well as enjoying music and singing in class, we regularly hold singing assemblies for children to practice the songs they sing in masses and other school events.
 
We have a thriving school choir and recorder club who regularly perform in Masses. We are also very lucky to have many children at various stages of learning instruments and we have strings and woodwind teachers who give lessons at school. Our annual Music Evening in May is now a regular fixture in the school diary – a chance for all our musicians, school music groups and staff to show off their wonderful talents to their friends and family.
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Music Blog 

More Park Music Evening

 

At the moment, many concerts around the world have had to be cancelled or postponed. Luckily, we have our fantastic Mrs Dowd! She has arranged for our annual Music Evening to go ahead from the comfort our our own homes. Please see the below statement from Mrs Dowd:

 

This years music evening is going to be slightly different! Please read the instructions below really carefully to see how you can take part in this unique event. 

Musicians

1. Please choose a piece you would like to play on your instrument.

2. Email me on tania.dowd@more-park.kent.sch.uk and tell me 
The name of the piece and composer.
Which instrument you are playing.
Approximate length of the piece.


3. I will then email you back details of school Dropbox and instructions for the performance.

4. You will then be able to record your piece and send it to the Dropbox (huge advantage is you can try it as many times as you like!)

I am hoping to put all the performances together with choir performances to make a School YouTube music evening for everyone to enjoy at home.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Recorders 

I would still like you to perform Funga Alfia, so if you would like to play it please email me on tania.dowd@more-park.kent.sch.uk and I will send you details of the DropBox and instructions on the performance. 

Can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Choir

Unfortunately there is no way that I can record you singing together. I have been using zoom for 2 adult choirs and it is great fun all chatting and catching up, but the delay means that singing together on it is impossible. When you see all the brilliant choir and music performances that appear to be singing or playing together, they have actually all recorded their parts individually to the same track and technical people with the right kit then layer it all so it appears it is together.

So the only way I can do it is to have solos and piece the songs together.

But....I am confident we can still perform all of our songs and I have got some lovely recordings to add in of when we were actually all together!

1. So if you are happy to record yourself at home singing part of one of the choir songs (find them all on the choir additional page) please email me on 

tania.dowd@more-park.kent.sch.uk

2. I will then email you details of the DropBox and instructions on how to record your performance, which song/ how to do it etc...

3. If you would like to take part but do not want to record yourself singing, please email me on tania.dowd@more-park.kent.sch.uk  and you could do an introduction for a song instead.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Please do email me on tania.dowd@more-park.kent.sch.uk if you have any questions too - I would love to hear from all of you!

 

As you will appreciate, this is a bit of an experiment but I am very hopeful we will end up with a lovely concert! I do need to hear by email from all of you within the week so I have time to receive all your wonderful recordings so please email your interest ASAP and by Wednesday 6th May at the latest.

 

Happy practising! 

 

Mrs Dowd x

Classical Spectacular Update

Unfortunately, due to the current climate, our trip to see 'Classical Spectacular' at the Royal Albert Hall has had to be postponed. At the moment, we are still waiting to hear further details regarding refunds or rescheduling so watch this space!

 

 

Trip to the Royal Albert Hall

 

I have organised for our budding musicians to go to the Albert hall in London to see 'Classical Spectacular' schools matinee performance. This is currently only being offered to children in KS2 who are learning a musical instrument or having vocal tuition. Children who are interested in this trip, have already come to me to express their interest and letters have been sent out to those families only. I have 20 spaces being offered on a first come, first served basis. It will be a great opportunity to see world class musicianship from the London Philharmonic Orchestra to further inspire our musicians. I will update this page further with photos and reviews, after our adventure!

 

       

           

 

 

Artist of the Month - The Beatles

 

 

From this month we are introducing an 'Artist of the Month' in school assemblies. Amber and Isla, our Music Ambassadors have decided that this month they would like us to listen to 'The Beatles'. They did a fantastic job of introducing the band to the whole school on Monday and we listened to 'Here Comes the Sun' as a first introduction to their music. Throughout the month of February we will listen to a number of their songs to experience the wide variety of styles that they composed and performed in. Well done Amber and Isla!

 

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