• 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.

    The school has a long-established tradition of giving every pupil in school the opportunity to learn an instrument. In Year 3, every child participates in a year of weekly whole-class clarineo lessons with a specialist music teacher from the Resonate music hub and Year 4 are having weekly whole-class clarinet lessons. Our whole class tuition instruments feed perfectly into our junior orchestra, which is ever growing!

    The school’s choir continues to be led by a professional and talented choir director, Mrs Newton, from Archbishop Beck. Every year they have many opportunities for public performance including Christmas carols at Grace Lodge Nursing Home and Aintree Hospital, our Christmas Concert, the Peace Proms at the Echo Arena and more. We also now have a number of soloists who receive 1:1 vocal tuition from Mrs. Newton and are taking formal music exams this year for the first time.

    The school band are continuing to dedicate themselves to practising both in school and with the training band at Archbishop Beck. Membership in our school band is open to Years 3 to 6. Parents have the opportunity to hire instruments (woodwind or brass) and the school funds individual/small group tuition by music tutors as well as a Tuesday after-school rehearsal ran by Mr. Tratt, our band director. Like our choir, the band have the opportunity to perform on many occasions each year, including at Archbishop Beck’s Christmas Show and their summer Arts festival – BeckFest

    We are also expanding our music provision in Key Stage 1 and Early Years in 2018/19, with Mrs. Naylor from the Resonate hub coming in to work with pupils in those year-groups. As well as having lots of fun playing instruments and singing, our pupils are expanding their musical vocabulary and learning to compose using simple melodies and rhythms. Watch out for their parent performances where they share what they have learnt!

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