music

Children’s formative experiences of music at Foremarke are engaging and pleasurable. The music room is a space where pupils are encouraged to be expressive whilst developing fundamental skills in listening and performing, and later, composing. In some activities, pupils learn to respond to music noticing and relating to the mood, whilst in other activities we pay close attention to the theoretical understanding that underpins, develops and builds on their innate understanding of how music works. As such it is the combination of emotional and intellectual stimulation that helps develop higher order thinking skills.

The Kodaly method is used and combined with easy keyboard pieces, and gradually notation is introduced as the most effective way to empower pupils as independent musical learners. As pupils gain fine motor control of their fingers, they learn to play tunes on recorders, and it is hoped that this will pave the way and lead pupils to want to engage in taking up private instrumental lessons at the Foremarke Conservatoire.

Pupils are encouraged to perform on stage regularly, boosting their confidence and self-esteem whilst providing a focus for music making that has heart and soul.

“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

At Foremarke the value of learning a musical instrument is understood and appreciated; we have therefore partnered with an external provider to supply private instrument lessons during on Saturdays from 8.30-3pm in a range of instruments.

This service is provided by Music Hub, together with Director Yana Welch and her team of teachers who work closely with the music department.

It is possible for pupils or their parents to take lessons and the fees for each term are advertised on the Foremarke Communicator.
Currently individual lessons are offered in piano, flute, recorder, guitar, drums, and voice. Additionally, group lessons are offered according to demand in violin, recorder, flute, trumpet, and clarinet.
Group lessons are only suitable for pupils in Year 2 upwards due to the amount of individual attention required for younger pupils. A maximum of 4 pupils per group is possible.

A selection of individual lessons are on offer to children in Year 1-6 during the school day.

For more information about the terms and conditions as well as registration details for the different classes (weekdays and Saturday classes), please refer to the links below.

As part of the music lessons, especially in the early years, pupils are encouraged to sing using the Kodaly note names, (Doh re mi etc) to learn the intervals and to pitch them accurately.

All pupils learn to recognize the notes on the keyboard, and play simple tunes starting with a five finger position. This is done aurally, and it has been noticed that pupils who learn the piano or keyboard usually have good intonation. Parents are encouraged to buy an electronic keyboard so that children can extend their learning beyond the classroom. The keyboard provides pupils with the opportunity to see how the notes relate to each other, how they combine and interrelate.

In Years 1 and 2 there is the opportunity for pupils to try the Suzuki method violin. As pupils progress into Years 3 and 4 they also learn on recorders until gradually, staff notation is introduced so that pupils are enabled to become independent learners.

Throughout, pupils work with percussion instruments to internalize and explore how sounds can be combined and used creatively, and group work is also an important part of the curriculum with a suite of rooms dedicated to practice.

Needless to say, singing is the core focus, and with these opportunities the aim is to help children to gain the skills that will help them find the right instrument to nurture and cherish a lifelong love of music.