Welcome back to the new academic year where at Unsworth we want to offer your children the very best opportunities for music. I will continue to visit school every Tuesday working with each individual Year group and leading full school ‘Big Sing’ assemblies. This morning Year 2 had their first Ocarina lesson! The Ocarina is a small plastic instrument with 4 holes, and is an ideal instrument for KS1 children to learn. Children will also learn about musical notation and elements of music such as ‘Pitch’ and ‘Rhythm.’

We are delighted to have on board some new and exciting instrumental teachers offering a super range of instruments from children in Y1-6. In our assembly today we welcomed Dave from ‘Fidler Music’ who gave a fantastic demonstration to the children on learning the Ukulele and Guitar. The children were spellbound when he started playing the Black Eyed Peas and other popular songs. I can highly recommend ‘Fidler Music’ as they visit some of the other schools in our Music Collaborative and are very reasonably priced. Each child in Y1-6 has a letter about how they can sign up for lessons with this organisation.

Year 5 had their first Brass session today. From next week we will be welcoming back the dynamic Mr Dixon, who is a Brass specialist and will be working with Y5 all year as part of the Wider Opportunities Programme. Parents will be receiving a letter requiring permission for children to take their instruments home, so please return the reply slip to school as soon as possible.

Bury Music Service will be visiting school on Thursday to give a demonstration of further instruments your child may be interested in learning. Any queries about music tuition can be answered by Mrs Lancashire in the school office who does have additional letters if these are required.

Choral group will recommence in the next couple of weeks and pupils in Y5 and 6 will receive a separate letter explaining how this group will develop over the coming academic year. If you wish to speak to me about choice of instrumental teachers for your children or any other musical matters please call in between 8 and 9 am any Tuesday. Music will continue once again to flourish and enhance the education of our wonderful pupils, and learning to play a musical instrument is a great gift to offer your children.


Mrs Geelan

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