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Music

At Hopwood, the children enjoy a weekly music lesson where all activities work towards meeting National Curriculum expectations. Through learning a variety of chants, raps and songs, the children learn how to develop their voices, perform expressively, singing with a good sense of pitch in unison, harmony and in parts. They accompany their music making with whole body actions and body percussion, which helps develop the children’s ability to create and perform rhythmic and melodic patterns, keeping to the beat.

 

The children enjoy exploring tuned and untuned percussions instruments to discover the different sounds they produce, whilst learning how to handle and play them correctly. Following various musical structures, they compose their own music to illustrate pictures and events, or write song lyrics. Whilst having opportunities to perform as soloists, in groups or as a class, the children learn how to listen effectively to evaluate and improve their own performances and compositions.

 

To support performances, the children are taught how to record their ideas using a wide variety of notations, including picture, graphic, rhythm and traditional music notation. The children regularly listen to music from different times and places, genres, styles and traditions. They learn musical vocabulary which they use when describing their thoughts and feelings about the music.

 

Extra-curricular music

We offer instrumental tuition provided by Rochdale Music Service. (Fee applicable)

Children, in Year 3 – Year 6, have the opportunity to learn to play one of the following instruments:

Strings – violin viola and cello   

Wind - flute, clarinet and saxophone 

Brass – cornet, tenor horn trombone, trumpet and euphonium

Drums

Guitar

Keyboard

 

Rochdale Music Service ‘Christmas Cracker’

Children who study strings, wind and brass instruments, including guitar, have the opportunity to take part in the Rochdale Music Service’s Christmas celebrations, along with other young musicians from primary schools in the borough, at the Gracie Fields Theatre. The children enjoy performing on stage as a Primary School’s Orchestra, playing Christmas music and singing songs.

 

Each spring, the Music Service hold the Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing Arts. This gives the children the chance to perform competitively to a large audience and hear feedback about their playing from professional musicians.

  

After school clubs  

Choir

Children in KS2 can join the choir as an after school club. They learn how to warm up their voices before performing raps, action songs and songs in 2 and 3 parts. Many songs give the children opportunities to sing solos and in small groups.

  

Percussion club

The children enjoy exploring percussion instruments to identify different ways of playing them and discover the different sounds they make. They learn how to create descriptive pieces music and conduct their own compositions.

 

Recorders

 The children in year 2 have the opportunity to learn how to play the recorder and are taught how to read music. They enjoy performing in concerts and assemblies.

 

Percussion club

The children enjoy exploring percussion instruments to identify different ways of playing them and discover the different sounds they make. They learn how to create descriptive pieces music and conduct their own compositions.

 

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