Bedgrove Junior School has a thriving music department with many pupils learning a musical instrument from a team of visiting music teachers. We have two Choirs, a Wind Band, a String Orchestra, a Musical Theatre Squad, and several chamber ensembles. A number of our pupils take ABRSM or Trinity examinations and are highly successful.
All instruments are available for pupils to learn from year 3 onwards. These include:
Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Drum Kit, Recorder, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Cornet, Trombone, Piano, Singing, Music Theory.
All pupils receive one classroom music lesson per week over three half terms and one singing assembly every week. During these lessons and assemblies, pupils learn about different genres of music; good listening and singing skills; staff notation; composition, improvisation and performance skills; and how to play an instrument.
Year 3 topics include: Singing Technique; R&B, Reggae & Music from different cultures; Performance.
Year 4 topics include: Whole Class Guitar; Mamma Mia; Rap & Gospel music; Composition.
Year 5 topics include: Rock, Ballad & Hip Hop music; Improvisation; Music Theory.
Year 6 topics include: Motown, Pop & Western Classical Music; Keyboard Skills; Performance.
Regular performances take place throughout the year, including an Annual Carol Service; Summer Concert; Young Voices at the O2 Arena; Honeycomb Festival at the Waterside Theatre; Christmas Choir performances at Marks & Spencer and Friars Square shopping centre to raise money for charity, and morning concerts in school during the Spring term. This summer, our choir has been invited to perform with the Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra at their family concert (pictures can be found on the sports, music and drama news page).
Research from the University of Oxford shows that regular singing releases endorphins and reduces anxiety. Research from the University of Vermont shows that learning music improves academic performance. Government figures for 2017-2018 show that only 17.6% of children under the age of 11 in the UK learn to play an instrument due to the cost of individual music lessons.