Music at St Michael's
The Arts in schools offer opportunities for children from all backgrounds to find new ways to express themselves, to try something new and explore their own creativity. Music is the perfect vehicle for building confidence as the children play in groups and ensembles, developing life skills such as teamwork , leadership skills and how to relate to others. It encourages children to improve their skills through repetition and practise, giving and receiving feedback, and experiencing the joy of performing.
For these reasons, music plays a big part of life at St Michael's. Although we are a small school, we have both a choir and an orchestra, and are able to offer individual or small group tuition in many different musical disciplines. We hold music assemblies at the end of each term and a Summer Concert at the end of each year, but the children get many more opportunities to perform throughout the year at school functions, local community occasions and also National events.
Our Summer Concert is a much-anticipated event into which goes an awful lot of hard work both organising and practising. All pupils learning an instrument have the opportunity to play either a solo or group piece. A year 5 'journalist' is chosen each year to take notes throughout the concert and to write these up formally as a report to send to the Governors. Please see a couple of examples below:
We have a very active choir for Years 3 - 6, which meets on Monday lunchtimes. It is directed by Mrs Hewitt and Mrs Wadey. They have sung at many local community events and Christmas concerts, and have performed twice at the Tower of London. This year they have also been practising to sing at The Royal Albert Hall at the Hertfordshire Schools Gala in which they took part in February.
Our orchestra is led by Mrs Hannah Hewitt and meets before school on Monday mornings. It has string, woodwind and percussion sections as well as keyboard. The orchestra is very inclusive and welcomes players of all standards to join in. The children perform annually at the school Summer Music Concert, and also termly in the various music assemblies that take place within school, allowing them a chance to play to a friendly and familiar audience.
At St Michael's we are proud to be able to provide the children with class Ukelele lessons, courtesy of Miss Draper, as part of our curriculum. We also offer private music tuition, both individual and group, for a number of different instruments. The lessons take place during the school day and can be arranged through the school office.
Flute & Recorder years 2-6
Violin years 1-6
Piano years 1-6
Guitar years 4-6
Ukelele years 4-6
Piano years 1-6
A large number of our children learn musical instruments at St Michael's, with last Summer showing our greatest number of pupils taking ABRSM exams at school, ranging from Grade 1 Flute to Grade 4 Violin.