Class Music Lessons and Singing
Every child at TPA receives a weekly music lesson in their class; lessons include singing, work on rhythm and pitch using percussion instruments, and learning instruments such as the recorder and keyboard. In addition, 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 will get the opportunity to learn a musical instrument as part of their class music lesson. The recorder (year 3) and keyboard (year 4) 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, topics include African Drumming, Gamelan using tuned percussion, film composition, and composing using IT and music technology. In October 2015 the Year 6s represented the UK in the global SkyLight Opera project, broadcasting two scenes in the opera live to the world; the film of SkyLight Opera, made collaboratively with 35 countries, is to be sent to the moon as part of the Lunar Mission One project.
Choirs and Music Club
The music clubs and choir perform regularly in assemblies and concerts. The Year 4, 5 & 6 choir performed at the 02 Arena in London in January 2016, at the Young Voices concert. The Music Club children sang at the Bletchley Christmas Lights Switch On in December and some children from the Year 3 Music Club sang Christmas songs to the residents of a local care home in December.
Children can join the music clubs during the year, if spaces are available; to sign up, please ask in the Atrium for a letter.
Specialist instrument teachers give lessons on the Keyboard, Guitar, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Violin and Flute. Lessons take place during the school day. Although the school subsidises these lessons there is usually a small cost attached; please ask in the Atrium for details.
The ideal time of year to start instrument lessons is in September, although it may be possible to start at other times. Currently, the starting age for the different instruments is:
Music Practice & 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.
During their time at TPA, children receiving instrument lessons will be given the chance to perform to others in their class, in assemblies and in concerts.