All children, from Reception through to Year 6, enjoy weekly music lessons. Specialist music teaching is provided for Years 1 to 6. These sessions allow children to use their voices along with a range of other instruments. Children are taught basic musical notation and learn to play the ocarina and recorder. They also use a wide range of percussion instruments and keyboards to both accompany and compose their own music.
All children at Bronte are part of the School Choirs, separated into Key Stage 1 and 2, with weekly rehearsals for both infants and juniors. The choirs perform at ‘tea-time concerts’, the Christingle service held at St George’s Church in Gravesend and, at the end of the academic year, at our Speeches and Prizegiving ceremony.
The regular tea-time concerts are enjoyed by children, parents and teachers alike. These are an opportunity for those children who choose to learn an instrument to perform. A range of peripatetic instrumental teachers come into school to teach the piano, drums, violin, clarinet, saxophone and guitar.
The Junior choir is also taken out to perform to the local community – Bronte has performed Christmas carols at Bluewater shopping centre for many years now and the choir also visits a local care home to entertain the residents.
Music is an exciting and enriching part of the curriculum, including a varied range of music and musical styles from the traditional to the modern. Children develop their performance skills, confidence and a love of the arts.
All children at Bronte are given the opportunity to perform in front of an audience on a regular basis, often learning songs and music for each event. The infants perform an annual nativity play, Years 3 and 4 perform in their own Christmas production and Year 6 take part in a Shakespeare production in the Summer Term.