Music is very much at the heart of Essendene Lodge School and every class from Pre-school through to Year 6 have one weekly music lesson. Most of these lessons are spent preparing for the numerous events in our school calendar, and the children have the opportunity to perform not only as a class but also as individuals should they wish.
In the Autumn Term we prepare for our Harvest Festival Assembly, and every class and Choir perform a song to an audience. The latter part of the term is spent preparing for our KS1 Nativity as well as the Carol Concert which is held at St Mary’s Church on the hill in Caterham.
The Spring Term keeps us busy rehearsing for our Spring Concert, which the whole school is encouraged to audition for, even the staff! The choirs might participate in the Purley Music Festival, and select members of the Chamber Choir are already busy rehearsing for The Voice in a Million Concert at Wembley SSE Arena in early March. The weekly music lessons are spent learning about important pieces of Classical Music, styles of Music, Famous Composers, Composition and Analysing Music.
We prepare the children for the annual Prize Giving in July, where each class performs for the final time as that year group and we wish Year 6 the best for their futures at the end of the Summer Term. The end of year production is a very big focus for all the children in KS2, and the last 2 shows have been a huge success, which include Annie and The Sound of Music.
Music is a wonderful subject and all the children learn so much during their time at Essendene Lodge School. From performing together, to becoming confident players on individual instruments, taking Graded Exams, to singing in one of 3 choirs, to playing in Recorder Ensembles or playing in the Essendene Band. There is such a variety of Musical activities that the pupils can choose to be part of, throughout the week.
Music is enjoyed by all, and confidence, concentration and self esteem increase tenfold when pupils start learning to play an individual musical instrument, we currently have 34 out of 65 pupils taking individual instrumental lessons, which is more than half of the school. Wherever you walk through the school, you will probably hear someone singing, playing the piano, guitar or flute, or hear Recorder lessons taking part, or a Band rehearsing together, or a Choir singing together. Music brings us all together, pupils, teachers and parents, and hopefully it will instil a life long appreciation in the pupils that they will take with them when they leave.