Class Music Lessons and Singing
Every child at TPA receives a weekly music lesson with their class peers; lessons include singing, work on rhythm and pitch using percussion instruments, and learning instruments. Furthermore, all the children sing together regularly in our weekly assembly.
In addition to their regular singing and music making on percussion instruments, every child at TPA gets the opportunity to learn a musical instrument as part of their class music lesson. The recorder (year 3), keyboard (year 4) and guitar (year 5) is learnt through an introductory course of around 10 lessons. This is followed by further opportunities to play these instruments for at least one Learning Block in a subsequent year.
Children who have already started these instruments are given suitably challenging parts to play within the whole class ensemble. During Years 5 and 6, other topics include African Drumming, Gamelan using tuned percussion, beatboxing, looping and rapping, film composition, and composing using IT and music technology.
Since 2015, our Year 6 children have represented the UK in the annual Global Science Opera project, broadcasting two scenes in the opera live on Norwegian television and online; the films of the operas, made collaboratively with children from around 35 countries, are to be sent to the moon as part of the Lunar Mission One project in the 2020s. We are a pilot school in the Lunar Mission One’s Education Programme. Through this, and our Global Science Opera work, the children are able to communicate with similar-aged children from other countries to share their music making and stories about their daily life. This has included Skype calls to Australia, Norway and Spain, and a welcome video from children in Iran. As a result of this work, TPA was short-listed for the International Award in the 2017 TES Schools’ Awards.
In May 2017, TPA attained the Sing Up Gold Award for our strong emphasis on, and high standard of, singing throughout the academy. In January 2016, we were awarded the Primary Schools’ Quality Music Mark for our all-round excellence in music provision.
Choirs and Extra-Curricular Music Clubs
The music clubs and choir perform regularly in assemblies and concerts. The Year 4, 5 & 6 choir performs at the 02 Arena in London every January as part of the Young Voices concert. Our Year 2 children sing at the town’s Christmas Lights Switch On in December and next December our Year 3 children will be singing in the shopping centre at Centre MK. Many of these groups perform in our Performing Arts Showcases which take place once or twice per year.
To sign up for a club that runs after school, please ask in the Atrium for a letter. Children can just turn up to the relevant lunchtime clubs.
If you have any specific questions regarding instrumental lessons (e.g. getting an instrument or music) please contact Jonathan via the Atrium.
Music Practise & Performances
These sessions are supervised and give children a chance to practise between lessons. All children learning an instrument are encouraged to practise and play their instrument regularly between lessons to help them make progress. Children in Years 3 and 4 can also practise on Friday lunchtimes in the Music Room.
During their time at TPA, children receiving instrument lessons will be given the chance to perform to others in their class, in concerts and occasionally in assembly. We hold informal concerts in the Music Room which give parents the opportunity to meet their child’s instrumental teacher and hear their progress. Many children perform as part of a group in the Milton Keynes Instrumental Festivals in February/March. We take groups to all three Festivals – Strings, Woodwind and Brass.
If you have any questions relating to music at TPA, please contact Jonathan via the Atrium at any time.