At Northwick Park we believe firmly that music education has something to offer all children of all abilities and that therefore our responsibility is to provide an enjoyable, progressive and challenging music education for our pupils.
“Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high- quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self- confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.”
(National Curriculum, 2014)
We offer a rich and diverse curriculum for music in which children learn about music through practical music making. All we do is rooted in singing and our children sing throughout their school careers. Children are encouraged to play musical instruments and the school is well equipped with instruments for whole class sessions and that can be borrowed by children for individual tuition.
Whole class instrumental tuition provides children with the chance to learn musical skills in a practical context. Our year 3 pupils all learn the recorder and then go on to learn either the clarinet or flute in year 5. There are opportunities for the children to continue with instrumental learning in a group context outside of these year groups.
We offer peripatetic music lessons through Essex Music Hub (piano, violin, woodwind, drums) and local musicians (guitar). Pupils are able to apply for a voucher towards the cost of instrumental tuition if their families are in receipt of income support.
Children who wish to pursue their musical experience further are offered a range of extra-curricular ensembles including choirs, instrumental groups and a rock band. These groups often perform outside of school in local concerts and music festivals.
Music has long been a strong tradition at Northwick Park and we actively seek ways of engaging in relevant an innovative musical practice through partnerships with Essex Music Hub, Royal Opera House Bridge and our local community.