At Farsley Springbank we believe that music forms an integral part of the curriculum and we aim to give children opportunities and experiences which will develop their musicianship on many levels.
Whole-school singing forms part of the children’s journey in understanding music and experiencing a range of genres, not to mention learning skills such as harmonising, singing in rounds and in canon and also singing in parts.
We believe that a fun, positive approach is what helps children to flourish in this area of the curriculum and lessons involve actions and games which embed skills and concepts. As part of the children’s lessons, we believe that the voice is an invaluable instrument and it is with this instrument that the children learn much of their musicality. The children receive opportunities to use a wide range of instruments to complement this learning.
In addition to using the voice and tuned and percussion instruments, children are also able to use the many music apps which are available on our ipads. These provide fantastic opportunities for a variety of compositions and help the children to understand how a piece of music can be developed to create a final piece.
Peripatetic music teachers come into school each week to teach a wide variety of instruments, including violin, viola, cello, double-bass, guitar, clarinet, flute, saxophone, keyboard, drums and percussion. Year 2 have weekly lessons in brass, including trumpet, cornet, trombone and tuba. We also offer an after-school choir. There are a variety of concerts and performances which take place throughout the year, including school concerts, performances outside of school for the 'Live at Home' scheme, concerts at Leeds Town Hall as part of Leeds Schools Music Association and the Young Voices concert each year at Sheffield Arena.