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.