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Welcome to our unique and award-winning Music Department!

Widely regarded as one of England’s leading and trailblazing primary school music departments and prominent on the international stage, what is it that makes The Premier Academy recognised as having the ‘Best School Music Department’ in the country including secondary schools (as awarded in the Music Teacher Awards For Excellence 2018)?

Over The Years…

2015 – Named UK representatives in the Global Science Opera project

2016 – Achieved the Quality Music Mark Award for Primary School Music Education

2017 – Shortlisted for ‘International Award’ in the TES Schools’ Awards 2017

Awarded the Sing Up Gold Award for our commitment to singing across the Academy

2018 – Winner of the ‘Best School Music Department’ category in the UK Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

2019 – Granted a ‘Certificate of Recognition’ from Music Mark for commitment to high quality music education

2020 – Awarded the ‘Artsmark Gold Award’ by Arts Council England

2021 – Became Senior Leader Advocate in Artswork’s Champion Schools programme leading CPD courses in arts education across south-east England

2021 – Granted a Youth Music Award to develop and support Early Years’ Music Education in TPA, Eaton Mill Nursery and across the local area

2022 – Became a Partner School for the Royal Opera House

2023 – Became a Trinity College Arts Award Champion School

Ongoing – TPA children feature in Global Science Opera every year and we are proud to represent the UK in this international project. Working with schools and universities across the world, the children learn about other cultures, communicate with children from other countries (in 2023, for example, we made Zoom calls to children in Australia and India), and collaboratively create scenes for a televised opera that is shown across the world in November each year.

In 2022, all our Year 5 children worked with children in Spain and Greece to create a music and drama scene on the functions of the brain that was viewed around the world online. In addition, they filmed songs for a musical on astrophysics that will be shown in late-2023 in Chile and New York, USA. In 2023, our Year 5s will be creating a scene for this year’s opera Unfold the Universe which we will broadcast live from TPA.

 

Useful things to know about music at TPA:

 

Every child in the Academy receives a weekly music lesson with our specialist music teacher (one hour per week for Years 1 to 6; 45 minutes per week for Reception). Whole school singing takes place in our weekly assemblies.

Every child performs on stage at least once a year. Parents and families are invited to watch their child’s class assembly (from Reception to Year 5), and end-of-year production (Year 6), which involve singing, acting and dancing.

 

 

Every child learns a musical instrument in their class music lessons including recorders, percussion, keyboard, guitar and African drums. Lots of other activities are involved including, for our Year 5s and 6s, participation in the Royal Opera House Create & Sing programmes.

Every child has the opportunity to sign up for additional instrumental lessons with our specialist instrumental teachers (keyboard, guitar, violin, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, French horn). There is a cost, kept to a minimum, attached to these lessons which are offered from Year 2 upwards.

Extra-curricular activities, such as choirs and instrumental groups, are on offer to every child where appropriate.