“I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music”
Music is a valued and integral part of the curriculum at Eaton Square School and there are many opportunities for the children to perform and sing throughout the year. The school productions are a highlight of the school year and staff and pupils work together as a team to create enriching and rewarding theatrical experiences for every child.
The school greatly encourages all children to learn an instrument and lessons are available on a wide selection of orchestral instruments. There are four main choirs in the school:
Year Two Choir
Junior Choir (Year Three and Four)
Senior Choir (Years Five – Eight
Chamber Choir (selective)
There is also a School Orchestra and ensembles for Recorder, Guitar, Violin, Cello, Wind and Senior Band. The ability to listen, to work in a team and value others’ contribution is central to the musical approach at Eaton Square School.
In the Early Years the children use singing, movement, dance and percussion to explore and learn how to distinguish the basic elements of music: beat, rhythm, melody and expression. They learn through the highly successful Kodaly method which uses solfege to develop aural ability and the ‘inner ear’. This is continued throughout the Junior School where they transfer these skills to the Western major scale and begin to utilise them in improvising and composing music of their own.
The School closely follows the National Curriculum areas of performing, composing, listening and evaluating and these elements form a constant part of all the lessons. As well as the Western Classical tradition the children are exposed to music from many different genres and cultures from around the world. The older children are able to use the Music Technology Suite to learn how to compose music and combine different tracks using the latest music software. This prepares the ground for later G.C.S.E. music Composition work.
The children’s progress is continually assessed (both individually and in groups) and biannual reports are sent to parents from the Music specialists and the instrumental teachers.