Music Learning at Gorsley Goffs
We pride ourselves on being a musical school where music is an everyday part of life at Gorsley; from singing in the classroom to singing in assemblies to singing clubs.
We have a thriving key stage 2 choir (junior choir of the year at Hereford Arts Festival 2018, winners of Radio Sunshine Christmas song competition 2019) who perform at the end of each term and other occasions throughout the year and have strong links with the local community. We run an afterschool 'Young Voices' club each year, culminating in the exciting concert at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham. Singing is an integral part of our year group performances throughout the year.
Over a quarter of the whole school learn an instrument with visiting peripatetic teachers, we currently offer flute, clarinet, saxophone, drums, violin, guitar and piano. We offer an after school band club for those learning an instrument.In addition' Wider Opps' from our local music hub, Encore, deliver weekly class music lessons including a carousel of instruments (ukulele, samba drums and tin whistle) to year 3 children and instrumental class tuition to children in year 4 (so far brass and clarinet).
Music is taught in years 5 and 6 by our music co-ordinator and subject leader, covering musical elements usually through class topic related activities and study.
Wider Opps Ukelele
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything… Without music, life would be an error.” (Plato)
Music is an essential part of a balanced education as it is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate all children. It is a powerful vehicle for personal expression and can also play an important part in helping children to feel part of a community, promoting co-operation, a sense of group identity and togetherness. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform, listen to, evaluate and enjoy music, including their own, and to develop the skills to critically appreciate a wide variety of musical forms from a wealth of different cultures, both past and present.
Key Music Documents
MUSIC INTENT IMPLEMENTATION IMPACT
Recommended Reads and Listening
BBC Ten Pieces have a wealth of classical music made accessible for children to listen to with videos to accompany the music.
Here is a link to all 40 pieces:
Here is some music recommended for listening to linked to topics:
Disney water medley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jqp3E-QhpA
Handel's Water music : Hornpipe (suite 2 in D major):
Orchestral version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D4HxZO2_9U
Last night at the Proms: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVSuFKLj22U
' Firework' by Katy Perry
and you might like to take a look at the Andromeda dance group performing to part of it:
Royal Firework Music by George Frederic Handel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNqJ8mED1VE
'The Firebird' by Igor Stravinsky:
'With a Little Help from my Friends' by The Beatles:
Basic guitar physics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rB56o7oxWY
For information : Music for Kids: guitar- Ducksters: https://www.ducksters.com/musicforkids/guitar.php
First World War
The Last Post: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDS3TxtGaQ0
'Pack Up Your Troubles' /'It's a Long Way to Tipperary':
Second World War
The 'Battle of Britain' Film theme music: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=jXbDQBsFFIE
'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' by The Andrew Sisters:
'We'll Meet Again' by Vera Lynn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nzy1cfnKh4
'We'll 'We'll Meet Again' by The Inkspots (for comparison!):
'The Little Train of the Caipira' by Heitor Villa Lobos:
Ancient Egyptian Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI6dOS5ncFc
Music in the Local Area
Our local music shop is in Ross-on-Wye: https://www.river-music.co.uk/
Useful Music Websites for Children
Music for Kids: Ducksters (Just click on what you want to find out about, for example a particular musical instrument or historical period ).