All pupils have an hour's music lesson each week with Mrs Taylor, a specialist music teacher. They attend a weekly singing assembly and there are both KS1 and KS2 music pages on Starz to support their learning.
In EYFS they sing and play percussion instruments.
The children sing songs together and sometimes play boom whackers or other percussion to accompany their voices. In group times they improvise, read and play rhythms and create music which communicates mood or creates as effect. They listen to music from different times and places and learn about instruments.
In KS1 the children continue to sing and play percussion. In year 2 they also start to learn to read musical notation and play the ocarina.
In KS1 the music they create starts to be planned more carefully. They are encouraged to consider a start, middle and end as well as choosing appropriate sounds and considering how to combine them well. They sometimes sing in parts and often accompany their own singing.
In KS2 the children sing more complex songs, including part songs, play tuned and untuned percussion as well as playing, composing and accompanying using keyboards.
The children play and compose on the keyboards for the majority of their music lessons. As they progress through the key stage they develop skills. For example when they learn to play chords they will start by playing one chord to accompany a piece. They would then move onto 2 chord pieces, through to more complex chords using some flats and sharps and onto pieces where they have to move between chords more frequently. Rhythm work also becomes increasingly complex as they progress through the key stage. In all year groups they listen to a variety of music, some classical, some from other cultures.
At Teversham we offer many opportunities for children to make music and learn to play instruments.
We currently have 4 instrumental teachers:
Mrs Ludlam teaches Piano.
Mrs Parker teaches Recorder, Flute, Saxophone & Clarinet.
Mr Eisner teaches Guitar.
Mrs Takmaz teaches Violin.
All lessons take place during the school day, on a rota basis, and pupils can be taught individually, in pairs or groups of 3 (this is dependent upon which instrument is being learnt and whether children can be suitably matched ability/ experience wise). Pupils may start learning an instrument from year 2 (please note flute and clarinet are available from year 5 and Saxophone only when the teacher says your big enough!). We currently have 45 pupils in years 2 - 6 having an instrumental lessons!
If you’re interested in your son/daughter taking up lessons please ask at the school office or contact Mrs Taylor on JTaylor@teversham.cambs.sch.uk
On Tuesday 15th Oct '19 Teversham hosted it's first ever 'Music making afternoon'. All the children learning to play an instrument in school (if they were ready - some new starters didn't participate) and a couple of children having lessons outside school were joined by musicians from Fulbourn Primary to make music together.
The event was led by Mrs Taylor and was both exciting and inspiring for many. The children played several pieces that they had been learning with their music teachers for several weeks and during the afternoon they had chance to sing and play along with others. They made a great sound!