Here at Raddlebarn music plays an important part in school life. We believe that a high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Linked to their topic, the children are taught a broad and balanced music curriculum which helps develop their listening skills and encourages them to develop their creative and expressive abilities. The emphasis is on practical experiences through singing, playing, composing and listening. The children love the opportunity to use the percussion instruments and glockenspiels to take part practically in music lessons. All these activities give pupils the opportunity to work individually, in pairs, in groups and as a class.
All of Year 4 also have the chance to learn the djembe drum during their whole class music lessons.
All children also take part in Key Stage singing assemblies once a week where they learn songs related to the season or important festivals. Music is also an important feature in our many class assemblies. We have a strong Key Stage 2 Choir who have performed in the community and Birmingham Schools Proms.
To support our music teaching and provide engaging opportunities for our pupils, we often invite guests into school. Year 5 have recently been working with the Welsh National Opera to deepen their learning and enjoyment of music.
Many children also receive music lessons outside of the curriculum taught by specialist teachers from The Music Service. There is a wide choice of instrument teaching from djembe drums, strings, woodwind and brass, as well as guitar. Our school orchestra rehearse weekly and regularly perform in concerts. The children also enjoy the opportunity to take part in workshops and concerts at Symphony Hall and Birmingham University, playing alongside other primary schools in Birmingham.