Music at Mitton
At Mitton Manor Primary School, it is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to understand rhythm and follow a beat. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive language skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent different feelings, emotions and narratives. We also teach technical vocabulary such as volume, pitch, beat and rhythm and encourage children to discuss music using these terms. The children also get opportunities to compose in different formats.
Music is also used to support learning in other curriculum areas. In Early Years the pupils use the Jolly Phonics songs to help them learn the new sounds. There are many songs available to support learning of times tables and other number facts. Music is also used as a stimulus for Art and Wicked Writing.
We also provide extracurricular activities to support Music at Mitton. Peripatetic teachers visit the school to provide instrument tuition. At the moment we have Mr Whittle who provides woodwind and keyboard/piano tuition; Rock Steady Music who provide opportunities for all pupils to learn an instrument ( keyboard, drums, electric guitar and vocals) within a band situation; and Lindsay Martin from Lets Play Music who is a singing teacher. All information is available from the reception office.
Mitton Manor also take part in Young Voices Concert every year which provides Key Stage 2 pupils with the opportunity to be part of a huge children’s choir and perform at a large arena with live musicians and dancers. We also provide opportunities for pupils to attend live concerts and invite musicians into school to perform and hold workshops and for the pupils to have opportunities to perform in assemblies, concerts and talent shows.