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Sharing the Enjoyment of Music with Your Child

03 February 2016

This year, our music curriculum has been enhanced in our collaboration with The Juilliard School. We have been excited by the visits from professional musicians, and many of the children have enjoyed their performances and benefited from the advice they have given.

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Many pupils have now become proficient in ‘bucket drumming’, demonstrating an awareness of rhythm and an ability to work together that would be equal to any orchestra.  I know, as I hear it as I pass the music rooms! Each year group has also been learning an instrument.  The instruments have included the flute, trumpet, cello, violin and even the ukulele to name a few – ask your child which one they have been learning. This ‘hands on’ approach means the children get direct experience of being a musician and this inspires them in a future interest or even profession.

Children have also been studying different pieces that cover a range of music. Details of these are available at the dedicated Juilliard School section of our website here. Why don’t you check these out and play them to see which ones your child recognises?  The children are already showing an interest in these pieces which introduce them to the variety of music that they can explore.

But most importantly you can play a significant role by introducing your child to the music that you enjoy. How many of us remember the musical tastes of our parents? Irrespective of our enjoyment (or not!) at the time, they provided us with an insight into the important place music has in our lives as adults. Whether your tastes are classical, folk, rock, heavy metal or whatever, by sharing your personal tastes with your child you give them access to a world of music that they can enjoy in the future. So this holiday, why not pick 5 of your favourites and take time to share and discuss them with your child, so they understand why they are important to you?  Then, if appropriate, ask them to pick 5 pieces they enjoy and why? That is real quality time well spent.

Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary 

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