Classroom music with a strand of instrumental learning will provide a stimulus for students to have specialist lessons.
To extend instrumental learning we offer Supersonic!, a low cost instrumental scheme for fast tracking beginner pupils on clarinet, trumpet and trombone, together with a strategy for engaging the pupils in classroom lessons or ensembles in term two.
Progression in instrumental or vocal lessons is offered by the opportunity to move from group and paired lessons to individual Merit Award lessons.
Instrumental teachers’ reports can provide evidence of the attributes gained through music which research has shown contributes to academic achievement (see Professor Sue Hallam’s, The Power of Music). Where schools support instrumental learning with Pupil Premium this provides the evidence of impact.
Orchestras for All
We are collaborating with this national organisation to provide resources and large ensemble opportunities for Secondary schools, including those learning through Supersonic.
Their Modulo repertoire and resources includes parts for different instruments and standards, rehearsal plans for teachers or student leaders, and backing tracks. Groups of any size and combination can rehearse at school using these. There will then be a series of ‘meets’ where schools will combine to form larger ensembles in March, June and July, including a performance in Croydon and an OFA national meet in London.
Progression routes in our Saturday morning, and Tuesday and Friday evening centres cater for pupils developing musical tastes and all instruments through to Grade 8 and beyond.