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Music & Performing Arts

Coordinator: Mrs Slaymaker

Music and singing are given high profiles at Stanford Junior School. Our music curriculum aims to focus on developing every child’s imagination and creativity. All children have regular music lessons taught by a specialist teacher. These music lessons are based upon 5 key skills: singing, playing, improvising, composing and listening. These skills are not taught as discrete subjects but are combined skilfully throughout each unit that the children are taught. Children are also taught how to read music and understand rhythmic notation through the introduction of different instruments such as the recorder, guitar and keyboard.

We have a thriving school choir, which participates in both school events and local music and drama festivals. The children of Stanford also sing in a weekly music assembly, where the songs are carefully chosen to link with the school’s PSHE curriculum.

It is possible, through private arrangement, for children to learn to play a range of instruments taught by local authority peripatetic teachers. These include: violin, viola, guitar, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, French horn & keyboard. Each child is then provided the opportunity to perform in a yearly concert to celebrate their progress.

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