At Lingfield College Prep we strongly value the importance of Music as a means of communication, expression, and personal enjoyment. Our Music Curriculum encompasses the values, philosophy, aims and educational vision of the school to provide a broad, balanced and creative experience which enables each child to fulfil his or her musical potential.
- to foster and support a potentially lifelong enjoyment of music through singing, composing, performing, and listening
- to develop musical skills to the best of each child's ability in order to enable them to play a full part in the musical life of their school and community
The Music Curriculum
The children begin to learn to read and write musical notation from Reception upwards, following the internationally renowned principles of Kodaly and Dalcroze and the use of singing, games and movement to promote a secure grounding ready for a child to begin instrumental tuition. The National Curriculum strands of listening, appraising, performing and composing are linked to class topics when appropriate. We are aware of the benefits that arise when a child in thoroughly involved in music. There are clear links between playing an instrument and improved performance in Maths and Reading. Children gain a real sense of achievement and learn social and team skills as well as understanding the pleasure they bring to themselves and others.
Lessons are available in piano, keyboard, harp, violin, viola, cello, double bass trumpet, French horn, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, junior oboe, mini-bassoon, singing, drum kit, orchestral percussion and guitar. Instrumental tuition usually begins around Year 2 - 3, although bright and motivated children from Reception upwards may begin lessons on piano, cello and violin after consultation and with plenty of parental support. A comprehensive range of taster lessons are offered to children in Year 2, although these are also available to children in other years on request. Approximately 75% of Key Stage 2 children have individual music tuition, either at home or at school. We encourage the regular use of our suite of practice rooms, as we all know that ‘Practise makes perfect!’
Every child from Year 2 until the end of Year 5 learns to play the recorder, through which the musical concepts being studied during class lessons are reinforced. The children are encouraged to practise regularly, and gain skills which they can transfer to other instrumental playing. They are regularly assessed and are grouped by ability after the first term. We give extra support to children who join our school with no playing experience. Once hands are big enough children can experience the larger treble and tenor recorders.
Every child should have the opportunity to shine, and for many their area of expertise is Music. All children perform in the regular instrumental concerts for their year, and many are given solo slots at the beginning of assemblies and in our termly early evening concerts. Older children are given the opportunity to play with our Senior School ensembles if their level of competence and commitment allow them to access the music studied. There are early morning instrumental concerts for each Key Stage 2 class annually, during which all children perform to their parents. Our termly after-school concerts, Celebration Day, Carol Service and Open Morning enable all music groups to work towards regular performances. We love to share our music making with others: we have performing links with our neighbouring schools and care homes, and we participate in local music festivals.
There is a weekly Music session for Nursery children. In Reception and Key Stage 1, the children have two Music sessions of 30 minutes. Year 2 start to learn the recorder in one of these sessions. In Key Stage 2 the children have a class lesson of 35 minutes, and they also have a recorder lesson for approximately 30 minutes. Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 also meet separately once a week for singing practise.
Digital learning is part of the musical experience of all children, using a range of programmes from KS1 upwards. From Year 4 the children use Sibelius software to notate songs they know, and as they become familiar with the software they may use it to create their own compositions. I-pads are used for research and composition, and children regularly record and assess their work.
Regular Music Groups
These run all year and include the instrumental groups, and the year group choirs from Year 4 upwards. Players of orchestral instruments may join the relevant group for their instrument as soon as their teacher feels they are able, providing them with a nurturing environment in which to gain confidence playing with others. Children do not have to learn in school to play in these groups. The groups are free of charge and run by music and peripatetic staff. The caring ethos of our school is so evident here, as the older, more experienced children support the younger ones. From the orchestral groups children are selected for the orchestra, at about Grade 2 - 3 standard of playing. Membership of the Orchestra and our Chamber Choir is a real honour, reflecting the hard work that the children have put into developing their skill. These children represent the school at Festivals and other prestigious occasions. However, although high standards are strived for at all times, the main aim of these groups is that the children have fun in making music together.
These run in line with the school extra–curricular timetable and children sign up each term. The clubs vary but may include our choir for the younger children in Year 2 and 3, a Glee Choir, Theory Club, KS1 percussion, Recorder Rockers and Samba Band.
We also like to give as much exam support as we can to children who learn instruments in school. There are Aural training classes and sight-reading support available in the run up to the Grade exam sessions that we hold here.