Music as a part of the curriculum
Pupils at Jubilee have many opportunities to experience music in a cross curricular manner. They are taught weekly by trained staff from Musitrax alongside their teacher and each year new skills are taught and built upon. Every year there is a new emphasis and a new instrument or instruments will be taught and in this case ensembles will be created. There are annual concerts for every class which are prepared for and performed, show casing the skills they have learnt throughout the year.
Once a week the children also take part in a singing assembly where they learn a number of songs from around the world. The children are split into KS1 and KS2; KS1 focus on actions, repetition and listening to others around you to keep in tune. In KS2 there is a focus on working in parts and harmonising when singing together, ensuring that the children are focussed on singing together.
London Music Masters (Bridge Project)
We are now in our second year of working with London Music Masters. This is a scheme to teach children from Reception upwards how to play the violin. The students have up to 2 hours of lessons each week in small groups and participate in a rich programme of performances and creative workshops.
The programme starts in Reception where the children (aged 4 and 5) take part in weekly musicianship sessions. At Key Stage 1 all students (age 5-7) begin to learn the violin with those showing most promise continuing on into Key Stage 2 (age 9-11). The majority of our teaching takes place during the school day to ensure that everyone can participate.
This is a fantastic opportunity for the children and one that they are greatly enjoying.
There are many clubs available at Jubilee for the children to join; many of which include music. There is an Infant choir which is for years 1, 2 and 3. The children learn songs with actions and perform these at least termly, both at school and externally. They also take part in an annual concert at The Royal Festival Hall where over a thousand children perform together. The KS2 choir is run by a Musitrax teacher who focusses on a more challenging repertoire of songs that are most often sung in parts and led by the more experienced members. Weekly there is the opportunity to join the Samba Band which is also led by a Musitrax teacher. We have also recently started a drumming club and school instrumental band.
We are also very proud of our Suzuki Violin Method students who make excellent progress on their instruments and develop good technique, beautiful tone and musical sensitivity. They have one paired and group lesson every week and they perform in termly concerts at school. Pupils now range from Reception to Year 5.