At Adderley C of E School, our pupils will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. It is our intent that we make music an inspiring and enjoyable learning experience which develops the children’s musical skills and prepares them in readiness for high school. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat through performing on a range of musical instruments. By singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music across different time periods, cultures and traditions. This supports children to understand the cultural capital of being open minded in their listening as well as knowledgeable about a breadth of musical genres in the world today. The children learn to appreciate how music supports other areas of the curriculum such as dance and drama.
Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen with confidence.
Mrs Karen Vaughan & Miss Anna Clarke - Music subject leads
Instrumental Lessons Information
We are pleased to work with Shropshire Music Service to offer small group and individual lessons for strings, brass, woodwind, drums/percussion, piano/keyboard, guitar, ukulele and singing. Most instruments can be started from Year 3, with some exceptions (please enquire for more details). The Music Service also offers affordable hire for most instruments if needed. Lessons take place in school, but pupils should be enrolled via the Music Service directly. The link for doing so can be found below. Shropshire Music Service is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing high quality, accessible music education for young people in Shropshire. Lessons are usually paid for by parents, but substantial reductions in cost and a range of bursaries are available for those in challenging financial circumstances.
The County School of Music (CSM) is the collective name for Shropshire's youth bands, orchestras and choirs. The following regular ensembles are open to all Music Service students at the appropriate stage in their learning:
- Concert Band (intermediate and senior) - Brass, woodwind, percussion. Grade 3+
- String Orchestra (intermediate and senior) - Strings, percussion. Grade 3+
- Stompers - A mixed band for all instruments at beginner level up to grade 2.
- Choir - Dedicated girls and boys choirs, welcoming a mix of vocal abilities.
The regular ensembles are complimented by a programme of workshops throughout the year, which have recently included Rock & Pop Band, and Ceilidh Band.
Music Lesson information:
Music Lesson sign-up Form: Lesson Sign Up | Shropshire Music Service
Ensembles information: Ensembles | Shropshire Music Service
Ensembles (CSM) sign-up Form: Ensembles Sign Up | Shropshire Music Service
Bursaries and Funding information: Bursaries | Shropshire Music Service
Instrument Hire information: Instrument Hire | Shropshire Music Service
Our Music Curriculum, coverage of the National Curriculum, skills and knowledge, and detailed progression document outling the steps in learning our pupils make to build their knowledge and skills in Music are detailed in the downloadable documents listed at the bottom of this page.