Music at Gallions Primary School
‘Ofsted has said that music is central to a broad, balanced curriculum and an essential element in every pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.’
Darren Henley OBE Chair of The Mayor’s Music Education Taskforce, Introduction to the London Music Pledge.
Our school is unique amongst primary schools in the strong emphasis it places on the creative arts, particularly Music. Every child at Gallions Primary School receives a musical education above and beyond what is laid out in the National Curriculum. We understand the benefits of a musical education and our school is recognised for its pioneering approach. Last year a documentary was made about our music provision as part of a national initiative to increase music in primary schools. Have a look at the film here: www.musichelpsuslearn.com
From the moment children join Gallions they take part in weekly musicianship classes, using Kodaly inspired methods. In Year 2 our pupils begin learning a string instrument of their choosing (violin, viola, ‘cello or double bass) in small groups, using the Kodaly–inspired Colourstrings method. The relationship between Colourstrings and Kodaly creates a cohesive music provision throughout the school.
We have a number of extra-curricular music groups for the children to get involved with and there are concerts at the end of each half term for children to showcase their hard work.
- Junior Orchestra ( Years 3 & 4)
- Junior Choir ( Years 3 & 4)
- Senior Orchestra (Years 5 & 6)
- Senior Choir (Years 5 & 6)
- Bass Attack (an ensemble for ‘cellos and basses)
- KS1 choir.
- Additional afterschool lessons.
These extra-curricular activities are very well attended and each year the senior groups take part in local and national music festivals. For the past few years the Senior Orchestra has had the opportunity to perform at Birmingham Symphony Hall as part of the National Festival of Music for Youth.
We are delighted to be able to use our wonderful new purpose-built Music Centre for all our various musical activities. The dedicated teaching rooms for instrumental lessons are also spaces in which our pupils can undertake extra practice sessions and performance opportunities. We are very fortunate to be supported in our work by the Gallions Music Trust: http://gallionsmusictrust.org.uk/
Our Music Team:
Petra Ronkko – Lead Practitioner in Music
Aimee Gardiner – Lead Practitioner in EYFS Music
Beatrice Driver – Musicianship Teacher
Emma Cornet – Musicianship Teacher and Colourstrings Cello Teacher
Su Norris – Colourstrings Violin Teacher
Julie Lewis – Colourstrings Violin Teacher
Becky Green – Colourstrings Violin Teacher
Amy Goodwin – Colourstrings Cello Teacher
Marina Comas – Colourstrings Cello Teacher
Katri Patel – Colourstrings Cello Teacher
Dan James – Colourstrings Cello & Double Bass Teacher
Gemma James– Colourstrings Double Bass Teacher
Charlotte Nohavicka – Music Development Manager