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Music 

Music is an important part of life at Welburn Hall School. We sing in assemblies and the whole of main school gathers each week for a singing and signing session as well as regular class music lessons. We are often preparing for one of our regular performances from the Harvest service or the Christmas nativity to our big Summer musical production.

Our regular musical special events include:

  • Singing and signing songs at our Harvest service in Harome Church in October.
  • Singing and signing at a Christingle service in December.
  • A group of our boarding pupils performing songs at the Rotary carol concert in Pickering church.
  • Hosting The Big Sing in December where several other local schools join us for carol singing.
  • The Christmas nativity where we do an afternoon and an evening performance for families and friends.
  • Taking part in Rock Challenge culminating in a performance at a venue in North Yorkshire.
  • Singing and signing songs for our Easter service at Harome church.
  • Major summer musical production in July (last year we performed The Pied Piper) where we do afternoon and evening performances. 

Music September 2017

Objectives for KS3 for the year 2017-18

Overarching objectives for the year:

  • To use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • To play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • To listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • To experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music (rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo)

As part of music lessons, KS3 pupils will be learning songs and signs for various events through the year including Harvest, Christmas production, Easter service and the summer production.

In addition we will be exploring rhythm and pulse, dynamics, tempo and pitch by listening to lots of different types of music including classical music, music from different parts of the world and popular music. We will be looking at different pieces from the BBC scheme ‘Ten pieces’.

We will also be having performances from live musicians from Live Music Now and we will have a musician in residence for the Easter term who will explore creative music making with our pupils.

Many pupils will also have the opportunity to have 1-1 sessions in iMuse – our specialist interactive music technology room.

 

Objectives for KS4 for the year 2017-18

Overarching objectives for the year:

  • To play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • To improvise and compose music using the inter-related dimensions of music
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • To appreciate and understand a wide range of high quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions

 

As part of music lessons, KS4 pupils will be learning songs and signs for various events through the year including Harvest, Christmas production, Easter service and the summer production.

In addition we will be exploring rhythm and pulse, dynamics, tempo and pitch by listening to lots of different types of music including classical music, music from different parts of the world and popular music. We will be looking at different pieces from the BBC scheme ‘Ten pieces’.

We will also be having performances from live musicians from Live Music Now and we will have a musician in residence for the Easter term who will explore creative music making with our pupils.

Many pupils will also have the opportunity to have 1-1 sessions in IMuse – our specialist interactive music technology room.

 

In the 2015-2016 academic year additional music activities included:

  • Developing I-muse: at the beginning of the last academic year after extensive research and with additional funding from a charitable trust we introduced I-muse (interactive multisensory environment) to Welburn Hall, where we provide 1-1 sessions for some of our pupils in our new light room. This year we have increased provision to more pupils and have trained more staff to use it for 3 days each week. Pupils are able to make sounds and music and visual pictures using advanced music technology. For more information about this, do have a look at the I-muse Powerpoint Presentation.
  • We are also continuing to expand our new technology in the use of switches in general music sessions which enable pupils who have difficulties in accessing traditional musical instruments the opportunity to create musical sounds with the touch of a switch.
  • Visits from various external musicians including a pop duo, Paper Horse, who entertained us with their beautiful singing.
  • A musician in residence during the Easter term. We hosted Tom Sherman a young professional musician who did lots of creative music making with our pupils including singing and signing, graphic scores, playing lots of instruments, learning to work together, composing rhythms and melodies and generally helping our pupils become more confident in creative music making. Click Here to read more about this musical residency.
  • In March 2016, we participated in the Rock Challenge event, performing at the York Barbican.  Click Here for more information about this fantastic annual event.
  • NYMAZ have made a fantastic video about music at Welburn to put on their website and encourage other schools to promote music as an effective means to engage all pupils. You can watch it below

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