‘Where words fail, music speaks’
Hans Christian Anderson
Although music is not a core subject in our school, we still believe it is integral to our children’s education. Music has until recently been taught by Mrs Hopper, our fabulous violin and recorder peripatetic teacher. However, we decided that class teachers need to enjoy the creativity and fun that teaching music offers. Each year group have made sure that music is now a cross-curricular subject. The children have the opportunity to widen their understanding of their class topics, as well as getting to express and develop (either through performance or theoretical work) their musical abilities.
There are also many other opportunities the children can experience outside of the classroom. As a school, we pride ourselves in the singing we do every day in morning worship. This regular practice has resulted in expressive and tuneful singing – even the teachers! Any child that wants to continue and develop their singing, can join either Mrs Parrett for girls’ choir, or Mrs Hopper for boys’ choir. Regular choir attenders will also have the opportunity to take part in concerts inside and outside or school. We also offer private and group music sessions for any child that wants to learn an instrument. The available sessions are as follows:
Drums – Mr Hall
Guitar - Andrew Parry Music
Violin & Recorder – Mrs Hopper
Brass & Woodwind – Music For Schools Foundation
Piano – Andrew Parry Music
Singing – Victoria Hall
For any musicians that want to join a group ensemble, Herne Junior School Orchestra will be starting up in Term 2, led by Mrs Hopper and Mr Parry. More information to follow.