Music lessons at St Joseph's are delivered by specialist music teachers from Rock it Music.
General Overview – Learning Objectives – Positive Outcomes
Rock It Music Projects Ltd – Wider Opportunities and Whole Class Delivery 2021/22
- Children are taught to play a musical instrument with good technique appropriate to their chosen instrument. Instruments available include keyboards, drum kit, steel drum, glockenspiel and melodica.
- Whole class steel drums and ukuleles are also taught as part of our general delivery.
- FREE WORLD MUSIC WORKSHOP DAYS WILL BE OFFERED BY THE ROCK IT TEAM
- The repertoire taught includes pop and rock music, film themes and instrumental pieces. The history of music is also discovered and discussed, along with social structures that may have given rise to a particular genre, for example, Brit Pop.
- At the end of each school year, a London College of Music Examiner will assess each class in the form of a formal practical music ensemble examination. These qualifications are accredited and appear on the National Qualification Framework. For example, Level 2 equates, in performance terms, to GCSE music Grade B-C.
- Singing and the ability to internalise and reproduce vocal music features prominently with the Rock It Music team co-ordinating their efforts so that the school have a ready-made choir, selected from all Key Stage 2 students.
- Children in all years try their hand at composing, with guidelines and examples given in order to present what can be a daunting task, seem easy and fun. When all of the children’s composed phrases have been collated, their work is played and recorded in a recording studio, by professional musicians and a copy of the ‘School Composition’ is presented to the children on CD
- As a natural consequence of these lessons, children learn music notation, signs, symbols and terms. From repeat marks, to dynamic contrast and timbre, the boys and girls understand musical direction and more importantly, how to reproduce it when playing their instrument.
- Different abilities and speed of learning is always taken into consideration. More able students are challenged, others are perhaps given a less demanding role to play.
- Interactive resources, with full edit facilities, are used to enhance the overall effect and experience.
- Children are encouraged and helped to pursue their individual interest on their chosen instrument. Many young musicians within our schools progress towards their first instrumental, individual, music examination and beyond.
- Performing in public is such an important part of playing music. Children are invited and encouraged to play often in concerts, both in school and at outside events. This raises self esteem generally, as well as heightening musical standards.
- During the course of the school year, world music projects are taught, including steel drums and djembe. Performance opportunities are widened as a result and the school may have a ready-made steel band at its disposal.
- Cross curricular links are encouraged, with tailor made repertoire and resources tying in with a creative curriculum theme within the school. In the last school year, arrangements have been specially written for ‘Roman’, ‘Pirates’, ‘Vikings’ and ‘Ice’ topics and themes.