Music at Goat Lees Primary School
We are a VERY musical school! In addition to whole class music in every year group, we also offer tuition in piano, keyboard, drums, guitar, violin, woodwind and brass. Our aim is to give all our children the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. With this in mind, we fund part of the cost so that this can be enjoyed by all who would like to learn. This year, around 80 children are receiving music lessons! If your child has lessons, there are instruments available to hire from Kent Music so your child can also practice at home.
Our children also learn to play instruments in their whole class music lessons; Cashmere class (Yr4) are currently learning to play the ukulele and Pygora class (Yr5) are keen recorder players. Billy class (YrR) are keen performers and delight us every year with their wonderful singing and performing in the Christmas Nativity. Music is a big part of their education from day 1 where they sing and dance regularly as well as explore sounds with percussion instruments. Angora (Yr1) and Alpine classes (Yr2) follow the Charanga Scheme which a highly accredited resource through Kent Music Initiative and have a weekly class lesson in singing and playing musical instruments. Children are encouraged to bring along their own instruments to class if they learn an instrument in school.
Our children are also budding composers and frequently explore sound in class through creating their own music. This year, Pygmy class (Yr6) have been studying Hans Zimmer who composed music for the Blue Planet television series as well as for films such as Gladiator and The Simpsons Movie. They are producing their own original piece about Our Planet in Space in response to Zimmer’s new work, Earth. Kinder class (Yr3) are learning all about The Seasons and are composing their own piece about Winter while learning about the composer, Vivaldi.
All classes enjoy listening to music and learning about styles throughout history and across the world. We have visiting musicians who come to share their talents with us and have enjoyed the ‘Bach to the Future’ Roadshow and an African Drumming workshop. We will be hosting a Music Enrichment Day later in the year where musicians from all over the country will be sharing their skills with the children.
We regularly take part in music events around Kent and London and join with other schools to celebrate our children’s achievements. These include collaborations with other local schools as well as the well known Young Voices choir concert at the O2.
Music room built by http://www.green-modular.com/
Just a few notes:
- If your child is borrowing an instrument from the school they will be given their instrument soon after commencing lessons. If your child is using their own instrument please make sure they bring it in on the correct day.
- When committing to instrumental lessons, parents are asked to sign an agreement with the school. This is available on request. The agreement outlines the schools policy on instrumental lessons at school.
- Payment for lessons should be made via sQuid at the beginning of term.