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Music at The White House School

Music is part of the fabric of The White House School. Our children love exploring music and music making under the guidance of several experienced teachers. Staff members sing and play with the children and lead lessons and clubs with knowledge and enthusiasm. Singing is one of our main focuses. The children sing with obvious enjoyment and we are proud to have gained the Silver Award of the national Sing Up campaign. Our school policy is to develop interests and skills in a wide variety of musical fields. This should prove a valuable spiritual, cultural and social resource in later life.

 

In any Primary class there is bound to be a broad range of musical ability and we aim to include each child at his/her own level, while developing and extending experiences and skills. Music is a social and sociable activity and we encourage all children to develop their musical, social and personal skills through participation. All children participate in school concerts and shows. Above all, we want the children to enjoy their music making!

 

We aim to give all of our children opportunities to:

 

  • develop musical awareness
  • develop listening and analytical skills
  • develop appropriate use of language, musical and otherwise, through discussion
  • compare music and musical experiences in discussion
  • have access to music of many different types, eras, countries and cultures
  • broaden their knowledge of different instrumental and vocal sounds
  • develop their musical ideas in composition
  • express themselves and their ideas through music
  • develop their control of pitch, rhythm, tempo and dynamics
  • be introduced to rudiments of musical theory (pitch, rhythm and various terminologies)
  • put music into its historical, social and cultural context
  • explore sound and discover how different musical sounds are produced
  • participate in individual, group, class and whole school, performances
  • explore a spiritual dimension through music
  • become familiar with hymns and songs for assemblies, concerts, musical shows and special events

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

 

Extra-curricular Music offers opportunities for children to extend their skills and expertise outside of the classroom, to be challenged further and to take special pride in their performances.

 

Currently, the extra-curricular musical activities available are:

 

  • Group/Individual instrumental lessons with peripatetic teacher via Music for Schools (Class 3 upwards) Children who have attained the relevant standard are entered for the Grade exams of the Associated Board

of the Royal Schools of Music.

  • Junior Recorder Group (Class 3 or other beginners)
  • Senior Recorder Group (Experienced players)
  • Junior Choir (Classes 2 & 3)
  • Senior Choir (Classes 4 - 6)
  • Orchestra (Class 4 - 6 instrumentalists + experienced younger players)
  • Keyboard Club (Classes 4 - 6)
  • Drama Club frequently includes musical activities, especially when musical shows are in rehearsal

(Classes 4 - 6)

 

Regular School Musical Events

 

  • Nativity and Christmas plays and carols
  • Carol singing by the School Choir
  • Participation in local Music/Arts Festivals
  • WHS Arts afternoon and/or Open Morning, including Music, Drama, Gym etc.
  • Whole School Musical (July)

 

 

Productions:

 

  • 1993 - Joseph & his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • 1994 - The Gingerbread Man/The Pirates of Penzance
  • 1995 - The Wizard of Oz
  • 1996 - The Sky is Falling/Robin Hood
  • 1997 - Cinderella
  • 1998 - Alice
  • 1999 - Joseph & his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • 2000 - The Pied Piper
  • 2001 - Robin Hood
  • 2002 - The First Kids in Space
  • 2003 - Pirates
  • 2004 - The Lemonade Kid
  • 2005 - The Time Machine (a celebration of 60 years of the WHS - libretto by Mrs. Hall)
  • 2006 - The Jungle Book
  • 2007 - The Mikado
  • 2008 - Hoodies & Tutus (a play written by Mrs. Lee)
  • 2009 – Honk!
  • 2010 – The Tempest
  • 2011 – Scheherazade
  • 2012 - Peter Pan
  • 2013 – The Blue Crystal
  • 2014 – Skylark Island
  • 2015 – The Ice Girl
  • 2016 – The Dream of Billie Shakespeare

 

 

Occasional School Musical Events

 

Wherever possible we invite visiting musicians share their experiences with the children and to lead workshops where appropriate. Recently we have enjoyed Samba and African drumming workshops.

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