The #DontDropMusic pledge:
“We recognise how important music is for all children and young people, and the vital role it plays in our school curriculum including the wellbeing of our pupils. We are committed to keeping music opportunities going safely in our school”
We’d like to share your good news about music in your school. Join this Wiltshire #DontDropMusic pledge by letting us know what is happening in your school.
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Here are some of the schools who are joining our pledge:
Jess Harburt is Music Subject Lead at The Grove Primary School in Trowbridge. Jess was named Wiltshire Primary Music Teacher of the Year back in July and she has shared three innovative ways that her school is continuing to make music – including singing – without breaking any of the Covid-19 rules and restrictions:
- Jess records the weekly singing assembly with her own class in the hall. The recording is then shared with all the other teachers so that they can get their classes singing safely too.
- The children were recently recorded singing their Harvest Festival songs and then the recordings were edited together to create a film that parents could enjoy. A great Covid-safe alternative to the usual concert.
- The Grove has a fabulous Mini Music Programme – every Friday morning Jess selects a piece of music that the whole school listens to in their individual classrooms (covering a variety of styles and genres across the year). The active listening then leads to classroom Q&A and lively discussion.
Lewis Edney is Head of Music at Bishop Wordsworth’s School in Salisbury
Lewis is currently running a choir for each bubble (years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 6th form) Each choir has 10-15 pupils in, totalling 87 across all the year groups, as well as running A-Level singers, a group of 17 6th form pupils who were auditioned. Ensembles have also begun since the half term break in bubbles with groups for Year 7, 8, 10 and Sixth Form rehearsing each week. Live performances are still difficult to facilitate but the pupils have been busily recording for virtual concerts and services.