Music at Meanwood has a long tradition of excellence. We are very fortunate to have a dedicated music room and a specialist music teacher, Mrs Drumm, who works with all the children for a lesson every week.
In music lessons, the children learn all the elements of music, composition and singing. They learn basic standard notation (how to read music) and all have the experience of learning how to play an instrument. In Year 2, children begin to learn the recorder and in KS2, children learn African drumming and keyboard playing.
In addition, the music curriculum supports children's topic work and gives them exciting opportunities for class performances; for example, children have learnt about Indian Tal rhythms, Samba drumming, World War II music/dance, Roman instruments, junk drumming, Victorian songs, film music, music of The Andes and Tudor music.
Children have taken part in a variety of activities within the community, from performing at Spotland Methodist Church at Christmas and carol singing for residents of a local care home to performing at Award-winners' concerts, taking part in special workshops and visiting The Halle Orchestra.
Watch our junk drummers who won first place at the music festival with a performance of 'Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron' which involved moving, singing and playing all at the same time!
We have a wonderful range of musical instruments, including keyboards, a wide selection of tuned and untuned percussion instruments, recorders and African drums.
In addition to a weekly music lesson, children sing and perform in assemblies and can also join lunchtime or after school music clubs. There are clubs for KS1 and KS2 choir, African drumming, Glee Singing Club, Recorders - beginners and improvers and an advanced ensemble. Many of our children enter the Rochdale Music Festival each year and come back to school with certificates and trophies.
Click on the picture link to watch a video of our junk drummers in action!
Dedicated singing assemblies in both key stages help to develop children's enjoyment of singing together and learning about the 'Composer/Performer of the Week'.
Individual or small group instrument tuition is offered as an optional extra at school, through the Rochdale Music Service. Many instruments are offered, including piano, guitar, violin, 'cello, keyboard, woodwind and percussion. There is a charge for these lessons, which are taught by visiting specialist teachers. Please ask at the school office if you would like more information.