Hello! My name is Mrs Strachan and I am the music specialist at Peaslake Free School. Every Thursday afternoon I take each year group for a half hour music lesson dedicated to learning musicianship through a variety of singing games, exploring instruments and participating in fun musical activities. The afternoon ends with a ‘feel-good’ singing session for the whole school.
I follow the Kodaly Approach, whereby the voice is considered to be the first instrument. The children learn to pitch their voices accurately using hand signs and tonic solfa. As well as pitch awareness, numerous aspects of musicianship are covered in a 30 minute lesson through simultaneous learning, building on experience and understanding of concepts, unconsciously learnt. I try to make the lessons joyful, happy and playful with a good dose of humour. The children are given plenty of opportunity to perform to their peers and parents in assemblies, plays and festivals.
In addition to the weekly music lessons, the children have the opportunity to learn the cello and recorder as an extra curricula option. They also sing at Burrow Lea – a healing sanctuary, and entertain the elderly people at Felbury House. Once a year we get together with Shere Village School to put on a joint musical, and we also perform to the whole community at the Peaslake Village Evening.
As you can see Music is highly valued at Peaslake Free School. It is a powerful learning tool which can build children’s confidence, team work and language skills.