Music is very important to life at Plumcroft; every year group has access to curriculum music, singing and instrumental lessons. We aim to foster a love and appreciation of music along with providing access to instrumental lessons with clear progression routes. We have signed up to the Mayor of London’s Music Pledge which you can find at www.london.gov.uk; please have a look – parents are also encouraged to make a pledge.
We often take classes on trips to see performances by London orchestras and we regularly have performances and workshops at school from visiting musicians; band and choir perform both in and out of school. Watch out for the termly Music Newsletter with the latest information.
We offer lessons in these instruments:
Key Stage 1: ukulele
Key Stage 2: trumpet, guitar, ukulele, piano, drum kit, flute, clarinet, saxophone, recorder
Year 4 all learn trumpet or guitar as a class through the First Access Programme which is provided by Royal Greenwich Music Hub. They are also taking Arts Award Discover as part of their music lessons; they will receive a certificate for this.
Practice and progression on instruments
I hope that many year 4 children will choose to continue with an instrument after their First Access year, letters for continuing lessons will be given out in the summer term. We are planning to offer ‘Explore’, the second stage of Arts Award to year 5 in September.
We expect all children who are learning an instrument to practise regularly – we recommend practising at least four times a week. This will ensure progression and success! Children who are ready will be encouraged to take a grade exam; this will put them in a good place for continuing with their instrument at secondary school. You can find out more about grade exams on the ABRSM or Trinity College London websites.
Practice Diaries – all pupils who learn an instrument have been given a diary. It is essential that pupils bring the diary to every lesson so that their teacher can write down what the lesson focus is and what the practice is for the week. There is space in the diary for children to comment on their practice, and I would strongly encourage parents to look at the diary and add your own comments. Children will make much more progression if you take an active part in their learning – checking the practice diary and encouraging them (i.e. reminding them!) to practise. Little and often is the best policy – 20 minutes at least 4 times a week is much better than an hour the night before the lesson.
Plumcroft Music clubs:
Band – Mondays after school, open to all instrumentalists who have been learning for a year
Choir – Thursday lunchtimes
Year 2 singing club – Tuesdays after school
Royal Greenwich Music Hub Music Centres on Saturday mornings at Eltham Hill school and Shooter’s Hill Campus. Ensembles for all young instrumentalists. Click to see a short video about what is on offer at Greenwich Music Hub.
Animate Orchestra – holiday courses run by Trinity-Laban and the London Philharmonic Orchestra; a fantastic opportunity to make creative music with professional musicians.
Royal Greenwich Music Hub www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk – information on Saturday Music Centres and local music-making
Trinity-Laban www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/schools – Animate Orchestra and Junior Trinity
ABRSM www.abrsm.org – music exams and lots of background information and advice on learning an instrument and taking exams
Trinity College London www.trinitycollege.com – music exams and Arts Award
Mayor’s Music Fund www.mayorsmusicfund.org – London’s music fund
Rhinegold www.rhinegold.co.uk – a downloadable ‘Parent Guide to Music Education’
Thank you for your support. If you have any enquiries about your child’s lessons or progress, please contact us via the enquiry form on the website or leave a message at the office.
Kay Charlton – Music Manager
Helen Goodman – Music Co-ordinator