Music at Foxhill
Filming with the BBC!
In the Autumn term, we welcomed the BBC to come and see how we teach music across the school; in class, our choirs, instrumental lessons and brass band. We were contributing towards a program on the benefits of music teaching in Schools and its benefits in wider education.
Click on the presenters, Leila and Luca, to watch it!
Foxhill Brass Band
Our brass band is now going from strength to strength with an increasing number of public performances. We take a pride in how we look for our performances and insist all our children wear the Band Uniform when performing. People always comment on how smart the children look and how well behaved they are – not to mention how good they sound!
School provides the Band Jackets with our special logo on and the ties. We ask that parents send their children on performance days in their black school trousers and shoes and a white school shirts.
If you are unable to provide trousers or a white shirt, or your child forgets theirs then we have supplies in school in a range of sizes that your child will borrow. Please remember that it is important that children remember their instruments and music on lesson and band practice days.
(Musicianship through Singing)
Everyone can sing and should have the opportunity to develop their musical skills through singing – pulse, rhythm, pitch and the musical inner ear (the thinking voice) – to become a well-rounded musician. This approach, based on the teachings of Zoltán Kodály, is available to all and excludes no-one. It is an ideal approach to use in the classroom as it develops other skills vital for the whole school curriculum – listening, concentration, confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline, language
Zoltán Kodály was a Hungarian composer and music educator. He believed that music belonged to everyone and that everyone could develop their musicianship skills by using their own instrument – the voice. This means that this approach is totally inclusive – all children can have the opportunity to develop as a musician.
Kodály identified 3 stages of learning
• Unconscious experience
• Making conscious
Children are taught singing games and rhymes and these are then used to present a musical concept – always the sound before the symbol. Singing opens so many doors and develops many skills that are vital to the wider school curriculum and beyond.
To celebrate the anniversary of Zoltán Kodály (the Hungarian composer who created the Kodaly musicianship approach) we performed some songs as a whole school in 6 part rounds. The groups were sat in concentric circles and made up of
mixed-age children from across the school, from age 4-11. Enjoy our African song.