Lessons, Choir & OrchestraMusic
Music is a huge part of our day at the school, and children are encouraged to take part in the different ensembles and and lessons available, as well as our popular choir.
We offer a wide range of instrumental lessons in stringed and brass instruments through our partnership with the County Music Service and every child in Year 5 can learn a brass instrument for free.
Bringing Music to the school
Oxfordshire County Music Service
We have partnered with the Oxfordshire County Music Service to a huge range of musical opportunities to the school.
All children from Year 3 have the opportunity to join the hugely popular school choir, which has performed all over the city, and in Year 5 all children learn a brass instrument, with lessons paid for and instruments provided by the school.
Children are also offered affordable group music lessons in a wide range of stringed and brass instruments, and our Starter and Senior Orchestras give all children a chance to shine.
Lessons & Clubs
Lessons & Clubs Available At The School in 2019/2020
Jo Gill will continue to teach classroom music across the school and to lead singing assemblies. Year 3 will include a term of learning the recorder.
Choir (Jo Gill): Wednesday mornings, 8.15-8.50am, no charge
Choir is open to any children in years 3-6 who enjoy singing and there is no charge for this activity.
Starter orchestra (Jo Gill): Wednesday, 2.35-3.10pm, £3.50-£4.00 / week depending on numbers.
The starter orchestra is open to any child who has been learning an instrument (including recorder or guitar) for a little while and can confidently play five or more notes. Check with Jo Gill if you are unsure.
Senior orchestra (Emma Lowe): Thursday, 8.15-8.50am, £3.50-£4.00 / week depending on numbers.
The senior orchestra is for more advanced players of orchestral instruments who are invited to join. If you think your child may be ready for the senior orchestra, please ask Emma.
Year 3 / 4 recorder club, Wednesdays during the school day, £2.50-£3.00 / week (tbc)
This will be a new club for beginner recorder players. More information to follow in September.
Year 5 / 6 recorder club, Wednesdays during the school day, £2.50-£3.00 / week (tbc)
For children in years 5 and 6 who have been learning the recorder this year. Includes the opportunity to learn treble, tenor or bass recorder.
Individual and Group Lessons
The following instrumental lessons are available in school through the County Music Service:
- French horn
In these instruments, children can enjoy individual or affordable group music lessons, and instruments can be loaned by the school.
There is a discount for “endangered” instruments – the viola and the French horn – to encourage uptake for these beautiful instruments.
Click below to visit the Oxfordshire County Music Service for more details and to register your child. You can only book and pay for lessons through this link – not at the school office.
Guitar – with Dave Bosher (contact via office)
Piano – with Diane (contact via office)
The Value of Music
First Access: Brass
We set a very high value on music at the school and have many talented children learning a wide range of instruments. It is very important to us to give every child the opportunity to learn an instrument, so for a number of years now we have covered the cost of brass lessons for every child in Year 5. We also loan each child an instrument for the year, free of charge. The whole class loves this experience, and many continue with brass lessons in Year 6.