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At Marshgate Primary School we see music as a valuable part of the curriculum and all classes have one music lesson a week.  We have a wide range of percussion instruments, both tuned and untuned, for the children to play.  KS1 and KS1 children also take part in a weekly singing assembly.  The children also perform at the Christmas productions and carol concerts.  Please see the Music Policy below for further information.

 

We currently have two very popular choirs at Marshgate, the Years 3 & 4 choir on Monday after school and the Years 5 & 6 choir on Thursday after school.  The choirs perform at music events such as the Young Voices at the O2 and the Richmond Music Festival at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.  The Year 5 & 6 choir perform in Richmond every December for the annual switching on of the Christmas lights. 

 

Children at Marshgate can also have private music tuition through the Richmond Music Trust during school hours.  The music teachers come to the school to teach a wide range of lessons from piano, guitar, recorder, saxophone, cello, clarinet and violin.  Children in Year 1 can start Music Makers which teaches them rhythm and notation in preparation for learning an instrument.  Please see the list below which shows what year group they can start particular instruments with the RMT:

 

Instrument

Year group tuition starts

Music makers

Year one course only

Recorder

Year 2 upwards

Piano

Year 2 upwards

Violin

Year 2 upwards

Guitar

Year 2 upwards

Cello

Year 3 upwards

Woodwind (Flute, clarinet, saxophone)

Year 3 and 4 upwards

 

In addition, all children in Year 4 take part in the class based “Wider Opportunities” scheme where they are introduced to woodwind instruments and given the opportunity take up tuition afterwards.

 

Please contact the Richmond Music Trust for further information on how to apply.  Their telephone number is 0208 538 3866 and a link to their website is on this page.

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Information about how to join the choirs

 

Applications for places in both the Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6 choirs should be emailed to parents@marshgate.richmond.sch.uk.  Please include ‘Application for Year 3/4 or Year 5/6 Choir’ in the subject bar with your child's full name in the message.  Places will then be allocated on a first come/first served basis.

 

Please note that there are waiting lists for both choirs.

M:Tech is a unique music and media course for children aged 7 – 11 suited to those of all musical abilities, from children who already play an instrument through to those discovering music for the first time. The course is about composing music and balances a traditional musical learning curve with access to the latest creative technologies. Focusing on key musical concepts such as melody, harmony, rhythm and arrangement, M:Tech ensures that children gain a full understanding of how music is created, note by note.

 

The children work in pairs and complete a fun and engaging project by creating music to various forms of media. Projects range from making music for TV adverts or movie trailers through to producing radio shows and composing in a range of musical styles.

 

At the end of term parents will be emailed their children’s song as a digital download to share with family and friends and will also receive graded progress certificates. Please take a moment to watch a short video at www.mtechonline.co.uk so you can see exactly what M:Tech is all about.

 

How it works…

M:Tech runs as a group instrumental lesson with children making graded progress. Classes are 30 minutes in length and will take place during lunchtimes so will not affect academic lessons. Lessons cost £89 per term with 10 lessons in the term. M:Tech invoice parents directly via email at the start of each term once places have been confirmed.

 

What to do next…

If your child is interested in joining M:Tech sessions please visit www.mtechonline.co.uk and sign up online. There are limited places so please indicate your interest as soon as possible.

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