Music

  • At Longmoor, music is an important part of our rich, creative and exciting curriculum. Through high-quality teaching and unique learning opportunities, our pupils learn to set their expectations high and acquire transferable skills which can transition into their secondary education and beyond. We are extremely lucky to have specialised teachers such as our Singing teacher and Choir Director Mrs Newton, and a range of specialised music teachers, such as our Band Director Mr Tratt come in to support our children on their musical journey. Our enthusiastic new music subject leader, Miss Dryhurst, co-ordinates all of our musical activities very ably.

    The school has a long-established tradition of giving every pupil in school the opportunity to learn an instrument using specialist teachers from the Resonate music hub. In the past, Year 4 have learnt to play the guitar. However, this year, we have refreshed this provision so that every Year 3 child participates in weekly whole-class ukulele lessons. They can then opt to continue with individual and/or small group tuition in Year 4 and beyond, transitioning to guitar when they are ready.

    Our music provision extends children’s knowledge, skills and experience in a number of other ways:

    The school’s choir is led by a professional and talented choir director, Mrs Newton, from Archbishop Beck. This year they plan to perform at a number of Christmas events, including: Grace Lodge Nursing Home, our Christmas plays and Archbishop Beck’s Christmas concert. They will also have the opportunity to perform on stage at The Echo Arena in January 2017. We hope to secure more events in 2017 and are excited at the prospect of this! 

    Our school band continues to dedicate themselves to practising both in school and at home. This is in preparation for upcoming events in 2017 including public performances and music competitions. Membership in our school band is open to Years 4, 5 and 6 – Mr. Thelwell is our brass music tutor and Mrs. Rowlands tutors our woodwind instrumentalists. Parents have the opportunity to hire instruments and the school funds individual/small group tuition by our music tutors as well as a Tuesday after-school rehearsal run by Mr. Tratt, our band director. The band and their new members have made fantastic progress in the short time they have been together and we look forward to seeing them perform again very soon!

    Read on to find out more about what our young musicians have been doing this year…

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