Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.
At Calverley CE School we aim to provide a high quality music education that engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. In doing so we will increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination.
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
We achieve these aims by providing a progressive music education in which children have music lessons as part of their provision in their class. In addition, Calverley CE School also offers a wide range of additional musical experiences which all children can take part in:
The School Orchestra
The school orchestra is expertly led by Fiona Soothill on a Wednesday afternoon in the small hall. The orchestra is open to all children. We have a brass section made up of trumpets and euphonium, strings made up of Ukuleles, guitars and violins and a groovy percussion section.
The Year 4 and Year 3 Choir
Every week, on Tuesday lunch time, the Year 4/3 choir meet to sing! All children in Y3 and Y4 are invited.The choir currently has in excess of 40 children regularly attending.
The Year 6 and Year 5 Choir
The Year 6 and Year 5 choir runs every Wednesday lunch time and is currently 40 children strong! The choir is led by Fiona Soothill.
The children have the opportunity to learn to play a wide variety of brass instruments. They are taught weekly by a peripatetic music teacher.
String Lessons (Violin)
The children have the opportunity to learn to play a violin. They are taught weekly by a peripatetic music teacher.
Wood wind Lessons
The children have the opportunity to learn to play a clarinet and flute. They are taught weekly by Mrs J Miller who is a peripatetic music teacher.
Singing Lessons Year R, 1, 2 and 3
Every week , the children in Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 have timetabled singing sessions led by an experienced music teacher. The children sing a wide variety of songs.
Young Voices Year 6
For the past 20 years, Young Voices has staged the largest children's choir concerts in the world.
Calverley School aims to ensure all the Year 6 children perform in the concert. The children learn the songs and dances in school (and at home).
Over 2 million children have taken part in a Young Voices concert. The children love the experience every year and it inspires a true love of performance and music.
Each night, between 5,000-8,000 children perform as a single choir to a sold-out audience of family and friends.
Ukulele Lessons Year 5
Every week, Year 5 children learn how to play the Ukulele. The lessons are led by a trained music teacher. The children learn to read TAB music and how to read chord charts. There is an opportunity to perform in every session.They perform and play on their own and with partners and groups.
Big Play @Leeds Town Hall
Each year, the children have the opportunity to play a concert for parents and carers at Leeds Town Hall. A number of schools are invited to perform musical pieces learnt throughout the year. It's a truly memorable and fantastic experience.
Recorder Lessons Year 3
Every week, Year 3 children learn how to play the recorder. Alongside learning the skills to enable them to play, they also learn to read staff notation.
The children have the opportunity to work on individual and group performances.
African Drum Workshop Year 1
Year 1 children thoroughly enjoy their yearly drum workshop experience. All the children practice, play and by the end of the day perform to a live audience.
Musical Evening/Talent Evening
Every year all the children have the opportunity to play instruments and perform to a live audience in our Calverley Musical Evening.