Music is part of everyday life at Spring Grove School. The Bill Jones Music Room incorporates a large teaching and orchestral space as well as two smaller teaching/practice rooms. We hold Informal Concerts here – events that give all children, whatever their level of playing, an opportunity to perform.
We offer lessons on a wide variety of instruments and the majority of children in Years 1 to 6 have instrumental music lessons. Everyone sings! We have string, brass, wind, percussion and recorder ensembles, a ceilidh band, a drum group, a guitar group and an orchestra of over 25 musicians.
Our Visiting Music Teachers are enthusiastic and go out of their way to nurture the talents of the children. We provide opportunities for musicians to perform and our informal concerts are regular features of the term’s programme. All children in the school are encouraged to sing and we consider that everyone – including the staff – is part of the school choir!
Opportunities to perform
We have a tradition of performing high-quality musicals. For the past 10 years we have staged some brilliant annual performances and we produce two musicals a year for Years 3 and 4 (end of the Spring term) and for Years 5 and 6 (end of the Summer term). Our School Prom concert in 2021 was one of the first opportunities to invite parents back into school, and was a fantastic showcase for our talented pupils. You can watch some of the highlights here.
We are increasingly asked to provide musicians for local events such as the Service of Remembrance at Wye Church, music for the residents at a local Care Home and a Good Friday Procession through the village. At Christmas our school choir perform in Canterbury Cathedral at the Princess of Wales’s Regiment Carol Service.
Music in the Curriculum
School music plays an important role in the intellectual development of a child, and many studies have shown its positive impact. It has the unique ability amongst curriculum subjects to excite or relax, stimulate or calm, invigorate or soothe. It has the power to directly and positively impact the wellbeing of a child, both instantaneously and over a period of time. It is a very important part of each child’s experience at Spring Grove.
Children begin their musical journey from their first week at SG, beginning with Nursery music sessions, a half hour lesson every week in Reception, and quickly building up to an hour long weekly lesson by Year 2. Lessons are taught by a music specialist, and the curriculum is based predominantly on the methodologies of Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze. It covers a wide range of topics, from Musical Games From Around the World (Year 1) to Renaissance Music (Year 5) to Film & Game Music (Year 6). Children approach these topics from three directions: listening, performing and composing.
Many pupils have gained music scholarships to local independent schools. The aim is that by the time they leave Spring Grove, all of our children will have gained the knowledge necessary to approach all types of music with a mature ear, combined with the positive experience to motivate them to do so.
Come and visit our vibrant music department and see and hear for yourself!