Beecroft Garden is a centre of excellence for music where all children become musicians. Our children have enormous fun learning to sing and play instruments, whilst developing the skills and behaviours needed to develop musical minds and physical skills. Through music, children tap into their creativity and learn to express themselves by composing and improvising as well as performing music. At Beecroft we offer opportunities to children to perform both in school and to the wider community. We prepare them well for performances so that they are proud of their achievements, build confidence and self esteem and receive affirmation from peers and family.
Through our curriculum children will:
Develop a lifelong love of music by finding what they are good at and what music means to them.
Have plenty of hands-on experience with instruments
Perform to live audiences.
Develop skills and behaviours needed for good musicianship.
Be creative and express themselves by composing, improvising and talking about music.
Listen to a range of music from different genres and eras and use musical vocabulary to describe and appraise.
Children learn to:
Sing in tune with expression
Play a range of instruments musically
Compose and improvise in a range of styles
Listen to one another and synchronise as they play/sing together.
Collaborate and value their own ideas as they play them.
Listen respectfully to others.
Children will experience
Performance opportunities for every child every year, as well as many additional opportunities to those who are keen.
Regular live performances by professional musicians, with the opportunity to ask questions.
Routes into taking music further through instrumental lessons and ensembles.
Funding for disadvantaged children wishing to take up instrumental lessons and ensembles.
External scholarships for pupils who show exceptional commitment to music and face financial hardship.
Opportunities to participate in a range of musical ensembles after school that perform both in-school to inspire and out-of-school to impress.
Here are some examples of some of the incredible music activities that have taken place - even with Covid restrictions.
London is the place for me
Below is an our uplifting rendition of London Is The Place For Me sung by the each Beecroft class in music for Black History Month. (Instruments were recorded individually and then blended with the singing tracks so it sounds like a virtual singing assembly).
Beecroft Garden Mass Singalong/ Playalong/ Dancealong Through the first lockdown members of our school community danced sang and played to create our very own lockdown musical extravaganza to lift the spirits and bring us together.
Garageband (for Mac, ipad, iphone) is the app years 4-6 have learnt how to use at school. https://www.apple.com/uk/mac/garageband/
Bandlab This is a new free app which is available for Android