Music AT THe RUSSELl School
Music is a recognised strength of the school and we offer both curricular and extra curricular musical opportunities. We have a strong musical tradition and a high percentage of our children regularly play instruments in bands and orchestras.
Curricular Opportunties: A broad curriculum to all years is offered in the classroom including singing, instrumental work and musical appreciation. All year 5 students learn the ukulele and all year 2 and 3 students learn the recorder. Every week we hold a musical assembly which is mainly singing based with some listening appreciation, live piano and we even had a live orchestra perform to the children.
Extra Curricular Opportunities: Children have the opportunity to perform in 2 choirs, orchestra, brass band and pop band. Private instrumental music lessons are available for many instruments including piano, guitar, trumpet, trombone, french horn, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone and the drums.Musical Instrument Tuition (Music menu tab) Lessons are designed to be practical, inspirational, lively and fun. In addition year ones can join mini maestros as an introduction to music and year twos can join trumpet club.
Each class has 6 hours of classroom music teaching every year which covers aspects of the music curriculum. As part of this programme, year 2 and 3 learn the recorder in their classes, this is a great way to introduce the children to learning a musical instrument and to explore reading music. Year 5 learn the Ukulele. All other classes learn different elements of music through playing instruments, singing, improvising, composing and performing.
We regularly try to organise opportunties for groups of children to try musical instruments and in 2019 we organised for over 200 children from the school to have the opportunity to try out 15 different musical instruments.
Photo Above: Year 5 and 6 listening to The Planets by Holst, drawing what they were hearing
Photo Above: Whole School Try Out a Musical Instrument Event
In Key Stage 1, children are taught to use their voices expressively and creatively, through songs, adding movement to music and speaking chants and rhymes. The children are encouraged to improve their skills playing tuned and untuned percussion instruments. They enjoy having the opportunity to create rhythms and beats in small groups. Listening skills are developed and children are introduced to and taught to recognise a range of high-quality live and recorded music. Music notation starts to be taught in year 2.
In Key Stage 2 children are taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory. They are taught to appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and also from world-class composers and musicians, as well as developing a knowledge of musical history. Music notation is also taught.
Photos Below: Year 5 Creating Their own class band
All children perform annually in the whole school Christmas concert and our musicians perform at the Easter Concert and Summer Concert in addition, as well as Year 6 children performing an end of year production.
As well as our main school concerts, our many ensembles and groups play in different events each year.
Outside of School we take part in the Three RIvers Schools Music Festival, Young Voices at the O2, Herts Schools Gala at The Royal Albert Hall, Chorleywood Village Night, Local Care Homes and charity fundraising opportunities.
Musicians form an integral part of our special assemblies each year for Harvest, Decorate The Christmas Tree, Remembrance and each class hold their own assembly.
Outside we provide a full music schedule at both our school fairs and have performed outdoor concerts in both the quad and outdoor theatre.
Carol Singing in ASDA
If you would like to get involved with music at the Russell School we would love to hear from you either as a musical parent to get involved or a child to join our groups. Listed below are our current clubs. For any questions please contact email@example.com. Each club below has a form to fill in if you would like to join, just click on the link.
Brass Band; Thursdays 3.15pm-3.45pm. Our band has performed at Chorleywood Village Night, Remembrance Day Parade, School Fairs and various concerts. All brass instrumentalists are welcome preferably once you can play an octave. Just fill in this form to join Brass Band Form
Drum Club Monday lunchtimes – Alex Morse professional kit drummer is running a club for children to play together on the drums with backing tracks. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Vocals: Thursdays 8.10am– our KS2 choir have performed at the O2 and Wembley, Chorleywood Village night, local Chorleywood Care homes and many school concerts. Just fill in this form to join Junior Vocals Form
Mini Maestros; Tuesdays 8.30am – Year One children have an opportunity to try out a simple introduction to music. They will explore musical basics the easy way by playing musical games, and the course includes an introduction to percussion, singing and other instruments through the year. A great way to see if the kids are interested with minimal commitment. Just fill in this form to join Mini Maestros Form
Mini Vocals; Fridays 8.30am – our KS1 choir, who meet weekly on Friday mornings at 8.30am. They perform in our school concerts, singing fun songs that are appropriate for their age. Just fill in this form to join Mini Vocals Form
Some of our Mini vocals performing a song about sunglasses in July 2018.
Orchestra; Tuesdays 12.30pm-1pm: KS2 children who have been playing for more than one year can come along. All orchestral instruments, recorders, guitars and a couple of keyboard players are welcome. We start with some musical games, do some improvisation and then master some music. Orchestra is paid for by the Forward Fund and any musical parents are welcome to come along and join in too! Just fill in this form to join Orchestra Form
Pop Band; Mondays 8.00am: Year 5 and 6 children who play keyboard, kit, guitar or sing might like to consider this group. In addition to performing live at school concerts and fairs they also have recorder CDs in a professional studio. Places are limited please contact email@example.com
Trumpet Club; Thursdays 12.30 – Learning the trumpet and introduction to basic music theory in a small relaxed group run by Christine. Just fill in this form to join Trumpet Club Form