Introduction to Music at Wickhambreaux CEPS
Music is a creative, fun and engaging subject and we strongly believe it should be taught in this way. Lessons are practical with a variety of stimuli, resources and tasks to engage learners of all abilities. Although music is taught through four strands (performing, singing, listening and composing), singing is at the heart of the music curriculum due to its inclusive nature and the positive benefits it has on health, emotional well-being and development of social skills. A cross curricular approach is taken to music teaching in order to make the learning as relevant as possible to the children. A love of music is something that is fostered throughout the school with music an imbedded part of school life and something that all children are able to experience on a daily basis. Music is a wonderful vessel for joining together as a community and gives children the opportunity to express their personality, values and culture. We regularly join together as a school community to share music and give the children the opportunity to perform in a supported, nurturing setting. This has a positive impact on self-esteem and gives all children the opportunity to experience success and pride.
Subject Leader Profile
Mrs Maisey is our school Music Coordinator and she has been teaching at Wickhambreaux school for the past 4 years. She has been teaching music in the classroom for the past 17 years and plays a variety of instruments including the violin, viola, piano, ukulele and guitar plus she loves singing too! She has directed various choirs and various musical shows at a variety of schools. At Wickhambreaux Mrs Maisey runs the following extracurricular activities: School Choir, School Orchestra, Ukulele Club, Music Theory classes and she looks forward to setting up Rock School, Recorder sessions and African drumming workshops in the near future!
Mrs Maisey has taught music across both primary school and secondary schools and she has an excellent understanding of the transition between the two! She has also a taught musicianship/singing at the Junior Guildhall of Music and Drama and at Theatretrain!
Mrs Maisey is very passionate about music and enjoys sharing her absolute love of music with everyone at Wickhambreaux! She looks forward to lots more future concerts both at school and to the wider community including Canterbury Cathedral, the Gulbenkian, Revelation String Orchestra concerts, the O2 Arena and so much more.
Our vision is to learn music through playing, singing, listening, composing and performing. It has been scientifically proven that Music is key to brain development therefore, at Wickhambreaux Primary School music is embedded at the very heart of the school where the children experience music on a daily basis. Our aspiration is that every child at Wickhambreaux adopts a lifelong love of music.
Through music children will develop confidence, communication, thinking and creative skills and improve their emotional well-being. The skills involved in playing and listening to a wide variety of musical styles will help develop the children’s self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, creativity, and self-motivation necessary for success. Children will find that music is enjoyable and relaxing which will help reduce stress. Through performing and composing music children will reach a sense of achievement and pride.
Please see class pages for these Knowledge Organisers that contain key facts and information that the children need to have a basic knowledge of to support their learning in class each term.
Music Lessons at Wickhambreaux Primary School:
Many pupils take advantage of the excellent peripatetic music teachers that visit Wickhambreaux Primary School. A team of musicians visit during the week to teach the following instruments: