Children at St Giles C.E. Primary are part of the two million children nationwide who have the opportunity to experience the magic and discipline of making music. Skilled teachers from the local Music Service teach pupils an instrument every week. The class teacher joins in and learns to play too.
Key to the success is broadening access to music lessons, giving every child an opportunity to play an instrument, regardless of their parents’ income or interest in music at home. As well as the added benefits of developing children academically and socially, it is a powerful springboard for new talent too.
Originally developed in response to David Blunkett’s statement in 2000 that ‘over time, all pupils in primary school who wish to, will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument;’ the first programmes of whole class instrument learning were quite a new approach requiring new teaching strategies. A decade later, these programmes are well established and the Love Music Trust has a wide experience of delivering quality experiences, training staff and supporting staff.
Our children showcased their musical talents this performing a number of pieces that they have been practicing over the past term. Congratulations to all those who took part!