Welcome to the music page of our website!
At Tranmere Park we are immensely proud of our music provision.
Last year, we achieved Music Champion School status which we were awarded by Artforms Leeds in recognition of the wide range of musical opportunities that we offer the children, both in classroom lessons and through our peripatetic offer and other opportunities.
As well as the singing, playing, performing, improvising, composing, listening and appraising that takes place in our classroom lessons, there are many more musical opportunities for our children to be involved in. Just one example of these is our entry into the Leeds Schools’ Singing Competition which we entered for the first time prior to lockdown and in which we were runners up! We won a voucher from Out if the Ark music which we spent on some lovely new singing resources. (You may have heard your children singing some of the French songs that we bought – they’re extremely catchy!)
We offer a wide range of peripatetic music lessons for children from Year 3 upwards which we try to run at lunchtimes to avoid the children having to miss classroom time. However, some instruments are so popular that we have to book the teachers for a bit longer!
Let’s take a look at our peripatetic music provision starting with guitar.
Paul Curtis from Get into Guitar teaches twice a week, usually in the music room and sometimes in the outside classroom when the weather is nice. His lessons are very popular and his guitar groups have even serenaded us in the dining room at Christmas time with their best Christmas tunes!
Gaile Dawson from Artforms, Leeds teaches keyboard in our music room. She’s new to Tranmere Park. Her lessons are extremely popular too.
Guy Rickarby, also from Artforms Leeds teaches violin. He uses one half of the staff room for his lessons so anyone having their lunch on the other side of the staff room is serenaded by violins!
Freya White from Music for Schools Foundation teaches brass and woodwind. Freya has been working with us for a while and lots of her students left for high school but we are very happy that she has lots of new recruits starting soon.
As well as peripatetic instrument lessons, we are also lucky enough to enjoy the talents of Melody Reed, who is a professional musician. She runs ‘Singing for Spelling’ sessions where children are helped to embed spellings through songs and actions. She also runs sessions where she uses music to support general well being and confidence.
Here are a few pictures of some EYFS children enjoying music in their classroom.
Take a look at some KS1 children playing chime bars in their classroom lessons. We are very lucky to have a well stocked music room which has whole class sets of chime bars.
We enjoy composing in our classroom lessons. Here are some KS2 children performing their compositions about capacity which they had been learning about in maths. We like to be cross curricular whenever we can!
Groove Generation is our after school music hub. Three professional musicians, Dom, Joe and Ana come into school every week to run it for us. Pre-covid we linked with children from other local schools and all made music together. Children love bringing and playing their own instruments.