Music at Pittington

At Pittington Primary School we provide many opportunities for our children to learn a musical instrument through the Durham Music Service.

Wider Opportunities

When the children are in year 3 the music service offers a programme known as Wider Opportunities. This is a whole class programme where the children learn a musical instrument. A tutor from the service comes into school once a week from September through to February half term teaching a 45 minute lesson. This year the children are learning violin and Mr Chris Hartley is their tutor. Once the children have finished the programme they showcase their newly found skills in a concert to parents and the rest of the school.

    

From year 4 the children have the opportunity to learn an instrument through paid lessons provided by Durham Music Service. At Pittington we offer both brass and violin. If you are interested in your child playing an instrument please contact school or click here.

Brass

We have many children who currently learn different brass instruments in school. Mr Chris Senior is our tutor from the service and he is a fantastic French Horn player. He teaches the children in groups of ‘like’ ability. Many children progress well and have the opportunity to take their grades.

Here are the children enjoying one of their lessons.

Violin

We also have many children who currently learn violin in school and is often after completing the wider opportunities programme. Mr Chris Hartley is our tutor from the service and he is a fantastic violin and piano player. He teaches the children in groups of ‘like’ ability. Many children progress well and have the opportunity to take their grades.

Here are the children enjoying one of their lessons.

 

Enrichment in school

Keystage 1 Music

As part of the National Curriculum we have three strands of music Listening and Appraising, Performing and Composing.

 

Warm ups

In our music lessons we have lots of fun playing warm up games to help us feel the pulse of the music.

Listening and Appraising

For our Autumn term music we having been learning a rap called Hey You. As part of our Listening and Appraising we listened to the rap the Fresh Prince of Bell Air. We were able to talk about the different instruments we could here and think about the structure of the rap.    

Performing

After we have learnt our song we then add some musical instruments. We have learnt all about the different percussion instruments, what they are called and how to play them. Here we are concentrating hard on our performance and playing our instruments on the first beat of each bar.

               

Carnival of the Animals

Musicians and actors from Durham University came into school to perform Carnival of the Animals to the whole school. They talked about which animals each instruments and compared the different sounds each made. We joined in with the different parts of the story and they asked lots of musical questions.

Durham Cathedral

Children in upper keystage two were given the opportunity to complete a project with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. This involved our brass and violin children performing with the orchestra and the rest of the children were included in a massed choir. Members of the orchestra came to school to work with the children and this concluded with a concert in the wonderful Durham Cathedral. The Cathedral was full of parent and carers from all the schools involved. The children had an experience they will never forget.