It is widely accepted that music has a positive effect on child development and stimulates co-ordination and concentration, sharpens memory skills and promotes self-expression, confidence and self-esteem. Participating in Music activities enriches the lives of our pupils and continues their all-round development into strong, independent and mature individuals.
Music plays an important role in our pupils’ education at Micklefield School. We aim to develop the music potential of our pupils and to give them the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities led by the Music Department.
Every class receives weekly Music lessons from the Director of Music. These provide opportunities for pupils to develop their aural awareness through songs and games, listening and composing, as well as understanding a range of genres of Music. Pupils begin by learning to read, write and perform Music using Kodaly principles, which develop into an understanding of differing forms and structures of Music; from Folk Songs and Plainchant through World Music and Classical to Fanfares, Film Music and the pop songs of today.
A Wider Opportunities scheme is run for Years 2 and 4, which provides every child the experience of learning an orchestral instrument. These lessons are provided for one term within the daily curriculum and are led by our peripatetic staff.
In Year 2, all children will learn the violin as a class and in Year 4 they will have the opportunity to learn the trumpet.
This gives them an introduction to playing as an ensemble and an experience of real orchestral instruments.
In the Music department we also provide a range of Extra-curricular Opportunities for the pupils in order to enhance their experiences and develop their abilities
Micklefield School encourages all pupils to join the choirs on offer, as it is understood how singing in a choir promotes self-confidence, team-work and listening skills; attributes that benefit all aspects of a pupil’s life.
There are 3 choirs running at Micklefield and all pupils have the opportunity to join a choir from year 1 onwards. These are the Lower School choir for Years 1 and 2, a choir for Years 3 and 4 and the Senior choir for Years 5 and 6.
Orchestra and Instrumental groups
Making music in groups forms an integral part of the musical life at the School. Those learning instruments are expected and encouraged to participate in the school orchestra and instrumental ensembles, as it enhances their ensemble playing, team-work and is the chance to experience being part of a larger group.
There is the whole school orchestra for any pupil in Upper School who is learning an instrument and various smaller instrumental ensembles run by the peripatetic staff.
Individual Music tuition
There is the opportunity for all pupils to have individual music tuition and applications for lesson can be made via the form on the web-site or available from the school office. These lessons often lead to examinations run by ABRSM or Trinity College.
Lessons are provided by our team of 12 Music Peripatetic staff and on offer at present are lessons on; Violin, Cello, Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Harp, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Singing
Pupils have often been successful in gaining Music Scholarships to their chosen senior schools and are encouraged and supported in their applications.
Within school, for our solo instrumentalists and singers and our ensembles there are opportunities to gain performance skills. We hold half-termly informal tea-time concerts where they can gain solo performance practice and at the end of the academic year, we hold a large Summer Concert for the Upper school and a Celebration Concert for the Lower School to showcase our performers either as soloists or as part of our ensembles.
The choirs lead the school in the Harvest and Carol services held at a local church and perform both inside and outside of the school environment ranging from local Music Festivals to performing at Wembley Arena and the Royal Albert Hall.
Micklefield promotes high expectations and levels of commitment from the pupils in their lessons and groups, however over and above this, their music-making can provide pupils with a sense of belonging and having fun.