Music at Henry Cavendish
At Henry Cavendish we pride ourselves on providing an exciting, diverse and creative music curriculum which gives children the chance to develop key musical skills over time alongside learning a range of interesting instruments. Music lessons, led by our talented specialist music teachers Mrs Low and Mrs Harper, provide children with a strong foundation for musical theory, from learning to read music to understanding concepts of rhythm, dynamic, timbre, pitch and tempo.
Each year group will learn a different musical instrument, such as the djembe drums, guitar, recorder, ukulele, steel pans or samba. In Key Stage 2 children also have a chance to try music technology. As part of the learning process, children are given the opportunity to perform to audiences to showcase their hard work. Opportunities to perform include school assemblies, concerts for parents and carers, and in the wider school community, such as our ‘Proms in the Playground’ event and International Evening (see link at the bottom). Every year Children also perform at the Lambeth Music Festival at the Royal Festival Hall. As a result Henry Cavendish pupils are enthusiastic and professional performers.
Use the links below to see Henry Cavendish children in action at the Lambeth Music Festival.
In addition, children take part in a lively singing assembly on a weekly basis, where they learn and rehearse songs with enthusiasm, many of which are then performed in class assemblies or for special events.
Extended Music OpportunitiesIn addition to music lessons with their class, children showing a particular passion or flare for music may have the opportunity to pursue a greater depth of musical training in a particular instrument during before and after school clubs. These clubs, which are run by the specialist music teachers, enable those children to build on the work they do in school and develop collaborative pieces of music in more depth.
Charanga Music Online Resource Tool
This year we are trialling the use of Charanga Music, an online resource which will enhance music opportunities and allow resources and activities to be shared with home. Please click below for more information about Charanga Music.