Bapchild's Vision for Music
Music is an essential part of life; integral in the development of the whole person. We believe that the opportunity to engage in musical experiences is crucial for the development of the whole child. Learning music develops all aspects of a child’s learning, from the physical action of using an instrument to the mathematical skills needed to keep a pulse. These abilities are directly transferable to other areas of the curriculum, allowing them to flourish, and will be invaluable in their future life. For further details, please take a look at the following document..
How does Music link to our school vision?
Just as a vine relies on its roots for sustenance and bears fruits as a result, Bapchild pupils can think of their musical education as the roots that nourish their artistic growth. By dedicating themselves to the study and practice of music, they can become "rooted" in their craft. The "fruits" in this context represent the beautiful music they create. This interpretation emphasizes the importance of a strong foundation in music learning, as it serves as the source of artistic expression.
As with the rest of our curriculum, our music lessons are language rich and children are exposed to new vocabulary related to the dimensions of music as they progress through KS1 and KS2. For example, in Year 1 children would refer to the tempo of the music as being fast, slow or in the middle whereas Year 6 children are encouraged to use Italian terms such as Allegro, Adagio and Moderato.
There are plenty of opportunities for an enquiry based approach to learning, particularly during composition work where children will be asked to make decisions about the sounds they create, the instrumentation. They will then be encouraged to consider how improvements could be made.
Opportunities for critical thinking are in abundance during performance and composition activities. Children are always encouraged to listen attentively to their own and the performance of others and make decisions about the tempo, dynamics and timbre in order to achieve a particular effect. Through rehearsing for performances, our children become responsible learners and gain in confidence whilst at the same time, having opportunity to celebrate their achievements.
At Bapchild, children actively engage in singing, playing, composing, improvising, listening and through our Music Plus programme, every child has opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice.) for a year. There are also many opportunities for children to perform both in school and in the local community. Peripatetic lessons on ukulele, guitar, violin, flute and clarinet are offered along with our Rocksteady music lessons which you can find out more about below.
New for September 2023
There is now the opportunity to learn acoustic guitar, piano and keyboard on either an individual or paired basis. Please contact the school office who will put you in touch with Mrs Julier who has further details.
Intent, Implementation and Impact
September 2021 saw the return to 'normal' music lessons and throughout the year, we were gradually able to reintroduce performances in front of a live audience. From 2022, we have finally seen the return of opportunities to collaborate with other local schools in the wider community. Our children gain a rich musical experience which includes singing, playing, performing, improvising, composing and listening.
Our Music Curriculum draws on a variety of bespoke lessons as well as activities taken from schemes such as Kapow, Sing Up, Music Express and Musical Futures. It also incorporates a vast majority of the new non-statutory Model Music Curriculum and the new National Plan for Music. (June 2022.)
Regardless of the music activity, we ensure that our lessons are sympathetic towards the Bapchild Progression of Music Skills and incorporates a vast majority of the non-statutory Model Music Curriculum.
Bapchild Progression of Music Skills document
Would you like to learn an instrument?
In Term 6 2022, we were lucky to experience a Launch Afternoon by Rocksteady, a music organisation who teach within a band setting. During these sessions, it is possible to learn keyboard, drums, electric guitar, bass guitar or vocals. Children go to lessons in a group of 5 and work together to choose their own band name and piece. Further details can be found on here...https://www.rocksteadymusicschool.com/
We've also had two more demonstrations earlier in 2022. Iva Butler, a violin tutor and Helen Bridger-Smart, a clarinet/flute tutor came along in Term 2. Both tutors talked about their instrument, gave a demo and handed out info to those who were interested in learning.
New for 2023
We will also be offering acoustic guitar lessons as well as piano and keyboard.
Please contact the school office or contact Mrs Julier if you would like further info. You might also find the following flier of interest too...
What's happening this term?
Almost a soon as we return from the festive period, Singing Club will be preparing for their Young Voices Concert at the O2. Details can be found by scrolling down.
Tickets and T-shirts have safely arrived and will be distributed in the first week back, provided payment has been received. Parents who are coming to watch the concert, are reminded to start making their travel arrangements to and from the O2. Please also ensure you have read the final arrangements letter which was sent out during the last couple of weeks of Term 2.
To find out more about what we've been up to in previous terms, please click below...
Music Events 2023- 2024
Watch this space for new updates as there are several events in the pipeline including...
A visit from our woodwind tutor who will be showing the clarinet, saxophone, flute and piccolo on Tuesday 17th October.
Harvest Festival performances in October
Highsted Christmas Jamboree on Mon 4th Dec in which our Year 5 class will get together with local Primary and Secondary schools in our community to perform a range of Christmas repertoire.
Rocksteady and Allsorts Orchestra will also be performing on 17th December.
Young Voices O2 Singing Club trip in January 2024.
Scroll down to find photos and videos of some of these events from last academic year.
Term 6 2023
Year 6 Production
The Year 6 performance of Robin Hood was a great success. If you would still like to join in with the songs, many of the backing tracks can be found on You Tube.
Music Events 2022-23
You Tube videos of the backing tracks to Robin Hood
Bapchild Singing Club
Our Singing Club meets every Thursday after school and is aimed predominantly at KS2 although Year 2 children may join us in terms 5 and 6. We sing a wide range of repertoire, some of which is based on Collaborative Events with local schools but we also annually have opportunity to participate in the Young Voices Concert at the O2.
Young Voices 2024
Here are all the lyrics and videos you will need to help you get prepared for our exciting trip to the O2. We are not allowed to use song sheets at the concert so listen as often as possible.
You can access all the backing tracks, dance videos and lyric videos in a couple of ways:
If you have Spotify, then please try this link which should take you to the 2024 Album. https://open.spotify.com/album/49y4SyQCSvhV8rCMuiYHEp?si=4hNDCaU0QnGjmyCqs99czw
Use this link to register your child and gain access Young Voices Music Room where you will find all the vocal tracks, dance videos and song words to YV 2024: https://yvmusicroom.com/parentRegisterReferral?code=MTk5NS8xNjk1MjQ1Njgy
Who are the 2024 artists?
Nandi Bushell - an upcoming drummer.
MC Grammar click on the name to find loads of videos and raps to sing along with.
For those of you who are really keen, you could sign up to YVTV
2023 TERMS 4, 5 and 6 LYRICS AND MUSIC
In May, we had our own Picnic in the Park and Coronation Concert. This was closely followed by our Singing Festival in June around the them of Courageous Advocacy. Our year was then rounded off by the the Year 6 production of Robin Hood. If you would like to relive any of these moments, take a look at the earlier photos and videos or use the resources below to sing some of the songs....
RHYTHM OF LIFE
Raise My Voice
Raise My Voice lyric video
Roar - Katy Perry
Look further down to find a recording of the harmony part that some of you need to sing in this song....
Be Bold, Be Strong
Be Bold, Be Strong lyric video
Be Bold, Be Strong dance moves
Power in Me
Power in Me lyric video with dance moves included
World in Union
World in Union performed by St Aubyn's School Bapchild Singing Club members to sing the 'Ah' phrases and then the harmony parts.
Let Love Shine Through
Let Love Shine Through song to celebrate diversity
You should have all been given a sheet with the songwords on however, here's another copy just in case...
Rhythm of Life