New Year Music

New Year Music

I must begin the New Year blog by saying a huge ‘Well Done’ to our Choral Group for some fantastic performances over the festive season. They certainly brought joy to many people, whilst helping to raise funds for two of our local charities; Bury Hospice and Manchester Children’s Hospital. I thoroughly enjoyed the school productions this year and congratulate all the staff and children involved in both the Infant and Junior performances. They certainly are a highlight of our Autumn term. As we move into the Spring term, there are a couple of changes to my day at Unsworth. Reception had their first music lesson in the hall today where they enjoyed learning songs about ‘Winter.’  Next week, all the children in Year 3 will start to learn recorder as a class.  Instruments will be provided but they are to remain in school so children always have them for the weekly lesson. Mr Dixon came to visit us today with lots of new songs to develop our Brass playing. He was so impressed with Y5 today, especially as they have had a 2 week holiday and probably not much time to practise their instruments!  Fidler Music lessons also recommenced today, and it is encouraging to see just how many children are learning to play Guitar and Ukulele. I will be arranging another visit to Spurr House for the Choral Group this term. Both the children and elderly people thoroughly enjoy conversing with each other, and it seems a shame to only visit at Christmas when so much pleasure evolves from this for all concerned. As ever, if you have any queries about music or instrumental lessons, do not hesitate to pop into school on a Tuesday. Mrs...

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Musical Moments

Musical Moments

Today it has been wonderful to see the buzz amongst the children as they wait patiently for their music lesson with our new music company ‘Fidler Music.’ In just one day at school I have witnessed Ocarinas, Singing, Brass, Violins and Ukulele and Guitar playing.  It is wonderful the way our music department is expanding and reaching out to so many children.  I look forward with anticipation to our end of school year ‘Musical afternoon’ where we will once again display the talents of all our instrumentalists and singers. Our Choral Group gave their first performance in assembly last week. They sang ‘You’ve got a friend.’  Even without a warm up or short rehearsal they sounded amazing and didn’t seem phased at all by their audience.  I look forward to preparing the children next term for all the Christmas concerts.  The music is already in place! Today we posted an audio tweet of our whole school singing a peace song. If you click the link in the tweet you can experience what our weekly big sing is like. Y5 have made super progress in just 6 lessons and are able to play ‘Hot Cross Buns’ and ‘Castle March’ using the notes C, D and E. Mr Dixon is incredibly pleased with the progress the children have made and thoroughly enjoys coming to work with them each week.  Apologies for the delay with children waiting on instrument repairs.  These were quite major repairs that have now been carried out and we have been reassured these instruments are now good as new, and will be allocated to...

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Musical Opportunities

Musical Opportunities

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...

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Playing and Performing

Playing and Performing

Music continues to be vibrant and exciting at Unsworth with lots to sing about! We love to celebrate every kind of festival  through singing, and to date children have enjoyed learning songs about the Chinese New Year, Comic Relief, Mothers/Special person’s day and St Patricks day.  Songs are often informative and give the children an insight into traditions and characteristics about each festival. Unfortunately we have lost our lovely Brass teacher Mr Dixon for the remainder of this academic year due to his other work commitments as a performer, but we look forward to welcoming him back again in September.  The children do have a new Brass teacher and will continue to be supported by myself and Mrs Ali. Year 3 will continue this term with their ‘Wider Op’s recorder sessions.  The children are making super progress and continue to impress me with their note reading skills.  They are also learning songs from Ghana to theme in with work in class. ‘Ten Pieces’ is a project that has been put together by the BBC with the intention of introducing 10 popular pieces of classical music to young people.  Year 4 have had great fun exploring the music of Gustav Holst’s ‘Mars’ from the Planet Suite.   Using this piece for inspiration, they composed their own music based on Mars with percussion instruments, and concluded by learning to play ‘Mars’ on the glockenspiel with orchestral backing track. Currently we are studying the ‘Hall of the Mountain King’ which you may know as the Alton Towers Theme tune! Our choral group continue to meet at the end of the school day and the choir performed John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ to the whole school in our ‘Big Sing.’ We enjoy singing a diverse repertoire of songs and always try and sing in parts even if we find it difficult at first! You can hear their performance by clicking the link on our Twitter feed. Our Samba band will recommence next term, so any budding drummers be prepared to get involved.  We will also be holding our annual musical afternoon to show off the musical talents of all our pupils who engage in musical activities. As ever, if you have any questions or queries about the musical education of your child, or you need information about learning to play a musical instrument, please pop in any Tuesday...

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Brass and Singing

Brass and Singing

We think our new Brass teacher Mr Dixon is amazing!  After 2 lessons all the children in Year 5 are able to playing simple tunes using notes C D and E and read music from the stave!  What a brilliant start.  Please support your children on their instruments.  Most weeks a sheet will be sent home with music to practise.  By Christmas we are hoping to be able to play Jingle Bells. Our whole school singing continues to develop and children are enjoying singing ‘Count on Me’ by Bruno Mars.  We have also looked at the song ‘Apples and Honey’ to celebrate the festival of Rosh Hashanah. I have loved popping into Reception with the keyboard and listening to the children sing a variety of Nursery rhymes.  We have played some musical games where the children listen to high and low notes. Our new choral group have also got off to a great start!  They will be very busy particularly this term in preparation for a large scale carol service at Bury Parish Church on Monday 15th December.  This concert was a sell out last year, so please put the date in your diaries and we will let you know when tickets are available for purchase. I have thoroughly enjoyed the new term to date, and look forward to all the musical opportunities I hope to create for the children this new school year. Mrs...

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Another exciting musical journey!

Another exciting musical journey!

Welcome back to all the children at Unsworth. I hope you have returned to school ready to embark on another exciting musical journey. As parents are probably aware we have a new curriculum so your children may find a few changes to the way music is taught.  The new curriculum wants us to focus more on singing and playing musical instruments, whilst learning to read music from the stave.  We are well equipped to do this at Unsworth having a class set of Brass instruments, plus recorders, a Samba band and tuned percussion.  Children will also be introduced to ‘Ten pieces’ in collaboration with the BBC to explore music from different genres.  There is more information about this initiative on the ‘Ten pieces website’, which you can visit by clicking here. The Big Sing will now become a weekly event, as this assembly is thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Throughout this half term we will be looking at songs about Autumn, Thanksgiving and Harvest. The new Brass teacher Mr Dixon will visit school every Tuesday to deliver the ‘Wider Opportunities Brass Session’ to Year 5.  Children are allowed to take their Brass instruments home but must return them to school for the weekly lesson. Children in Reception, Y1 and Y2 are timetabled a weekly music lesson with Mrs Geelan where they will have the opportunity to explore the rudiments of music in many different ways. Children in Year 3 will participate in a ‘Wider Opportunities’ recorder session taught by Mrs Geelan – an activity that has proved popular amongst the children for the past 2 years. I would like to remind you that if your child wishes to learn an orchestral instrument on an individual/small group basis, we can arrange this through the provision offered by the Bury Music Service.  Please visit the school office for more information. Here’s to a happy year of music making!   Mrs Geelan  ...

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