MUSIC AND DANCE
Children benefit from a 30 minute music lesson every week and are involved in numerous musical productions through the year.
MUSIC AND DANCE
Peaslake School children benefit from a half hour music lesson from our music specialist, Mrs Strachan. Lessons are 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.
Lessons are joyful, happy and playful with a good dose of humour and plenty of opportunity to perform to their peers and parents in assemblies, plays and festivals.
Our music curriculum follows 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.
Each week the children visit Dance-a-Ramix where Avril Munford teaches dance, music and movement in her dance studio. Avril makes sure all her lessons are fun and lively and the children are blissfully unaware of their learning as they play favourite games and perform dances linked with curriculum topics and activities.
Apart from the excitement of being in a mirrored studio, the benefits are numerous as they listen and respond to all different types of music, controlling how their bodies move and developing their core strength whilst improving posture, balance, co-ordination and flexibility.
The children experience listening to a wide range of music styles, from Big bands to Bollywood, from Charleston to Contemporary, they are given the freedom to move and explore the different shapes their bodies can make creating imaginary images and shadows. They learn to respond to different moods of music and describe how it makes them feel through movement. They develop the ability to regulate the speed and quality of their movements, changing from sharp, spiky shapes to more fluid, flowing lines, automatically counting beats and responding to rhythm. This can be quite challenging for young children. Working in groups, with partners or independently inspires confidence and self-esteem as they are given opportunities to watch and support each other when they perform and present their pieces.
Children have the opportunity to learn the recorder as an extra curricular option and also entertain the elderly residents at Felbury House. We get together with other schools to put on musicals and perform to the whole community at the Peaslake Village Evening every December.
Music is highly valued at Peaslake Free School - as a powerful learning tool which helps build children’s confidence, team-work and language skills.