Here at Ivington CE Primary School the main aim of music education should be to promote learning, which enables children to develop in the other qualities of mind such as imagination, creativity, expressiveness, discovery, sensitivity and exploration so that children gain delight, enjoyment and satisfaction. This will be achieved in many different ways and through varied media. For example we often feature a ‘Composer of the Month’, their music is played in school and we challenge the children to find out more. The music monitors organise this alongside the music co-ordinator.
The basic objective must be to introduce the child to music as a live experience, and, according to ability, to assist him/her to learn such skills as will enable him/her to take an increasing part in music making and to become a more understanding listener.
At a very early age the acquisition of many of music's skills is a valuable asset to every child's education. Our music is based on the National Curriculum and supplemented with the Lively Music scheme. Children develop an understanding and appreciation of music by composition, singing and the playing of simple instruments. In addition to curriculum music, the school offers a recorder club, guitar club, belle plates club and a whole school choir. Throughout the year, many music workshops take place where professional musicians work with the children. The children are encouraged to perform regularly in front of an audience, including in our daily act of worship.
We employ peripatetic teachers for various instruments, according to the level of interest. Our choir has taken part in concerts in our local area including carol singing at Morrisons in Leominster and two residential care homes, pyramid carol concerts and services in our local church. Our school also takes part in the annual Young Voices concert, a national event held in Birmingham. Our Music Co-ordinator has worked hard to establish a community choir, ‘The Honeybrook Singers’, which has already proved successful and popular. School pupils, school staff and members of the local community meet and rehearse together and contribute to special occasions and family services. We have also recorded and sold our own CDs and performed on the local radio.