Music

At Belmont, music plays an important part in enriching our pupils’ experience. We are very proud of our partnership with Bird College which allows us to provide singing workshops and give every pupil the opportunity to learn to read music and play and instrument during their time at our school. Our music offer includes:

  • Weekly singing workshops and singing practice
  • Recorder lessons for every pupil in Year 3
  • Djembe drumming lessons for every pupil in Year 4
  • Peripatetic music lessons for pupils in KS2 (trumpet, violin, clarinet,
  • A school orchestra
  • A school choir for pupils in KS2
  • A newly formed KS1 choir

Over the course of each year, pupils participate in a range of events both in school and in the wider community. We believe these are important opportunities for the children to develop their confidence and enjoyment of performing. This also helps our pupils to work towards the Belmont Learning Goals of Co-operation, Communication, Adaptability and Resilience.

Co-operation – working together to produce a performance with children playing different roles and supporting each other to do their best

Communication – communicating with the audience through performance

Adaptability – being able to perform in different settings and for different audiences

Resilience – having the courage and determination to perform in front of others and tackle new and challenging pieces

 

Over the last year, our pupils have enjoyed participating in the following:

 

Bird College Music Festival

Every year, pupils performed at the Royal Festival Hall. This is in collaboration with other Bexley Schools and includes singing in a massed choir, djembe drumming and orchestral performances.

"I really enjoyed The Royal Festival Hall because it was fun to do and a great experience for a 9 year old. The Festival Hall was so big! I felt like I was going to faint because of the size. I would definitely go again but it was a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Tom, Mexico class

 

Curriculum Evening Choral Performance and Music Recitals

Every term, the choir perform songs for their families at the termly Curriculum Evening. There are also musical performances by the orchestra and pupils learning the recorder, djembe drums and glockenspiel .

 

 

 

 

 

 

"When I played my trumpet in the school performance, I felt nervous because it was my first time playing in front of more than 6 people. I was playing in front of 250 people and managed to get it right. When I played I was really nervous, I was shaking and I felt so much adrenaline. I thought in my head after first pause; “Okay, I’m doing well so far.” After that I played without making any mistakes and was very relieved that I completed it. I feel proud now when everyone who heard it congratulated me."

Jacob, Grenada class

 

Belmont Music Captain

This year, our Music Captain is Gabija. Her role is to assist with the co-ordination of music events and promote music so more children are encouraged to learn an instrument. Gabija was chosen as Belmont Music Captain because of her commitment to music and for being a good role model to others.

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