London’s burning over and over again and Frère Jacques echoes round the classrooms (and the playground) when we introduce the Year 1 and 2 children to rounds. It’s a lesson in collaboration and sharing, although they don’t realise it.
They also accompany songs with chime bars and other simple instruments and have begun to understand common time or 4/4, sing in a weekly choir and share an annual performance for the school. That involves a lot of music – and it’s a lot of fun. Some of the Year 2 children either sing solo or in small groups.
The small group, solo and choir singing has another effect – it gives them the confidence to sing without embarrassment. That confidence transfers to other social situations.
While instrumental lessons usually start in the prep, we can arrange starter tuition on instruments such as piano or violin for a small charge.