Children are given opportunities both to compose music and to perform it. We aim to develop and extend the children’s musical experiences, so they become attentive, discriminating listeners and enthusiastic music makers. Where possible, listening to, composing and performing music is closely linked to class topic work. A wide variety of musical activities and resources are provided, including the use of ICT music programmes, electronic keyboards and a range of percussion instruments which involve children individually, in groups, as a whole class and as a school. Pupils throughout the whole school take part in the preparation and performance of a dramatic/musical production on at least one occasion in the year.
From Year 2 onwards the children have a wide range of choices available for individual and group lessons in violin, cello, woodwind, brass and piano. They also have the opportunity to join ensembles for playing the recorder, singing and playing other instruments. Over 100 children enjoy singing in our Key Stage 2 choir. There are frequent opportunities for the children to perform with children from other schools, including Chesterton Community College, and other primary schools in the area.
On 23rd April 2015 instrumentalists from Milton Road Primary School years 4-6 met with children from Mayfield, Park Street and St Luke's primary schools to give a concert of a selection of the BBC's 'Ten Pieces' arrangements which went online earlier this year. Many schools have watched the videos of CBBC presenters bringing these pieces alive with their descriptions and animations, and professional orchestras playing them, but this was their turn to perform!
Anne Taylor led workshops within the four primary schools, bringing together over 70 children to play together for the first time. Guest conductor Paul Kidea (author of Benjamin Britten, a Life in the 20th Century) added Australian excitement to the day, and expected high standards of the children, who performed Grieg's Hall of the Mountain King, Stravinsky's Firebird, Mars from Holst's Planets, and Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine. It was noisy, exciting and very memorable for the children involved. Well done Milton Road instrumentalists!