Linton Heights employs a music specialist teacher, Mrs Emma Mason, one day a week to teach whole class music lessons across Key Stage 2. Each year group is timetabled for music during one half of each term. Our Year 3 pupils learn to play the ocarina in the summer term and into the autumn term of Year 4, as part of our Equal Access provision
Extra-curricular music opportunities are also very popular. These include Recorder Club (a free, lunchtime club for all year groups), after school Choir, 'pop-up' Orchestra and Fiddle Group. Parents/Carers can also arrange private instrumental lessons. Scroll down this page to find more information, and use the following link to our FORMS page to find the Application Form and 'Information for parents' leaflet. A flexible 'Learn Piano at Home' programme is also available - please contact Mrs Mason via the school office for more information.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity, and as a Silver ArtsMark school we place great importance upon the role our music lessons play, for each of our pupils. 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, to listen and perform to their highest potential.
Our music curriculum allows all pupils to:
perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
progressively develop music specific skills across Key Stage 2, with the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others,
have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (ocarina, glockenspiel, recorder club and classroom percussion as well as provision for extra curricular private instrumental lessons)
use, and be inspired by, available music technology
understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions (elements): pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
The National Curriculum in England 2014
|AUTUMN TERM: half term topics||SPRING TERM: half term topics||SUMMER TERM: half term topics|
|Year 3||Performance & Musical Elements||Musical Stories & Percussion||Ocarina Unit 1|
|Year 4||Performance & Ocarina Unit 2||Pentatonic Songs & Graphic Scores||Instruments of The Orchestra: John Williams|
|Year 5||BBC Ten Pieces & Pitch Notation||Performance||Digital Music: Garage Band|
|Year 6||Music History & Styles||Film & Cartoon Music||End of Year Performance|
We are incredibly proud of the dedicated instrumental teachers who teach our pupils at Linton Heights on a private basis. We have a Music Room where one-to-one and small group lessons take place and our pupils are encouraged and supported with their music, whether they are hoping to take formal music exams or just play for pleasure. Parents can arrange lessons for their children to take place during the school day, or contact Emma Mason for more information about the 'Learn Piano at Home' programme.
Further information, alongside an application form to download, can be found via the 'Forms' link at the top of this page. Our peripatetic (visiting) music teachers are:
Mrs Emma Mason ~ piano / flute / recorder
Mrs Victoria Vellacott ~ piano
Mr Sam Herbert ~ piano
Mrs Hilary Crooks ~ violin / viola
Mrs Glenis Todd ~ recorder / singing
Ms Hannah Horton ~ clarinet / saxophone
Mr Gavin Bowyer ~ all brass (trumpet, horn, trombone)
Mr Gil Matthews ~ guitar