“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
Music is such an integral part of your child’s daily learning at Crowland. The evidence is clear that music education at Primary level is incredibly important: it promotes gross and fine motor skills, listening skills, vocal health and projection, increases neural activity in the brain and helps develop language skills. This is what is happening musically at Crowland this term:
Weekly singing assemblies take place for the Creche, EYFS, KS1 and KS2. It is a great opportunity to come together and sing, dance and have fun! Children and adults are able to make song requests in the ‘Musical Box of Dreams’ outside the office. Please feel free to put your song suggestions in there and Mr Elvy will endeavour to add them to the repertoire.
From 1 Choir last year, we have now grown to 3! In terms of student choirs, the Junior Choir has been started for the 1st time for years 1-3. The Senior Choir for Years 4-6 is well established and we are looking forward to performing at the Wigmore Hall in December, do some carolling closer to Christmas and start preparations for the Young Voices concert at the O2 Arena in February 2019, where we will be singing with Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet fame! We have also started the Parent, Child and Staff choir on a Wednesday after school from 3:30—4pm. The first rehearsal was a great success and if you would like to come along, please join us in the music room.
Lots of instruments are being taught at Crowland. We have Tamboo Bamboo in Year 2, Ukulele and Recorder in Year 3, Violin, Cello, Trumpet and Clarinet in Years 4 and 5 and Samba drumming in Years 5 and 6 as well as Rock School. We also have a piano teacher coming to teach 1:1/paired lessons. We would like to grow this even more this year. If you would like your child to learn an instrument, such as piano, violin or guitar, please get a form from outside the office or go on the Haringey Music Service website. If you need any help with this, please speak to Mr Elvy. The cost for this is £80 for 10 paired lessons of 30 mins or 15 minutes individually.
This runs from 9am–12:30pm every Saturday at Gladesmore School next door. Get a form from outside the office for more info or go on the Haringey Music Service website. They are starting this term to offer beginners trumpet and guitar lessons. They also have Melody Shakers for years 1-3 and Rock Band, Choir and African Caribbean drumming for Years 4-6. Cost is a voluntary contribution of £25-£35 for a 10 week cycle.