Information for Parents
There is always a lot of music going on at St Mary's. As well as weekly music lessons for each class, there are many music clubs to join. All the music ensembles perform termly in school, in the local area and beyond. Some compete in the Basingstoke Music Festival and some join other schools and adult and youth choirs, bands and orchestras to perform at local venues such as The Anvil Concert Hall in Basingstoke. In July 2015, members of the Senior Choir were invited to sing at The Royal Albert Hall in London as part of the BBC Proms in "The Ten Pieces Prom".
Current Music Clubs (all free of charge)
Junior Choir - for yr 3 and 4 (click here to go to the Junior Choir page)
Senior Choir - for yr 5 and 6 (click here to go to the Senior Choir page)
School Orchestra - a fully symphonic orchestra of about 50 pupils
Junior Band - a training ensemble for orchestral instrumentalists plus opportunities for guitarists and keyboard players to play in a group
Recorder Club - descants, trebles and tenor recorders all together - all levels
Worship Group - a band of children who play for Acts of Worship and Services
Music Club - a group of children who go out to the community to perform for others (such as Residential Homes for the ELderly and Pre-School groups)
At other times of the year, other music clubs run such as wind band, string orchestra and the ukuele club.
In weekly music lessons, pupils learn to play, improvise, compose, sing, perform and much more. Often this is linked to other areas if the curriculum. However some units of work stand alone and offer pupils the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. Instruments are provided and pupils are taught as a whole class. These are:
Yr 3 - Recorder
Yr 4 - Melodeon
Yr 5 - Ukulele
Pupils are also taught keyboard skills as well as Japanese Taiko (drumming) and Samba drumming.
Pupils can learn most instruments at St Mary's. For £70 a term pupils can learn in a small group with an instrumental teacher. Most lessons are provided by Hampshire Music Service. Currently these instrumental lessons are available, although most have a waiting list so getting on the waiting list is advisable. Please see below for the form to complete to apply for lessons.
Woodwind - flute, oboe, sax, clarinet and bassoon
Brass - Horn, Cornet, Trumpet, Trombone, P-Bone, Euphonium and Tuba
Strings - Violin, Viola, 'cello and double bass
Percussion - Drum kit and Xylophone
We also have private teachers in the following instruments
Acoustic Guitar/ Electric Guitar
A helpful website for parents when thinking about learning a musical instrument is "Pay the Piper".