At Ash Grange we teach music through the four strands, as in the National Curriculum:
We aim for all pupils to have the chance to explore and learn how music is produced using the inter-related dimensions of music: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
We hope that our music curriculum will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As their musical skills develop, we hope that they will become confident musicians allowing them to compose, perform to a range of audiences and to listen to a range of musical genres.
Through music teaching, children will develop their social skills, self-esteem, cultural understanding, vocabulary and oracy skills which will support their learning in other subjects across the school.
Musical Opportunities at Ash Grange
We have a wide range of musical experiences for the children to enjoy and through which they develop their musical skills over their years at Ash Grange.
Lessons with their Classteacher enables them to sing, compose, perform using the extensive collection of instruments we have in our dedicated music room.
Assemblies have a singing element every week so the children memorise songs and sing for pleasure. Every fortnight the children have pieces of music to appreciate, to build their understanding of genres and learn about different styles of music.
Surrey Arts provide our individual music lessons and ensembles:
Children have the opportunity to sign up for brass (trumpet, trombone and French horn), wind (flute, clarinet and saxophone), drums and guitar with Surrey Arts. These lessons will take place within the school day and there is also the facility to loan instruments from Surrey Arts to enable children to practise their new skills at home.
Year 3 Enrichment
When children are in Year 3 they participate in a Tune Up programme, a chance to really master musical instruments, composing and performing. This is a weekly lesson for 10 weeks of each term with a specialist teacher from Surrey Arts that the school provides.
This is a weekly club that all can join from Year 2 upwards, we learn songs to perform to the school and local community.
We organise experts to come and share their music with the children in assemblies and in workshops linked to projects, last year we had Rock Bands and Drumming workshops that we all enjoyed.
If you know of any musical groups, or are part of any musical groups or play a musical instrument and would be willing to come and share this experience with the children, please let us know.