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”
As part of our #DontDropMusic campaign we are asking schools to pledge that they are continuing to support music this year. All Wiltshire schools that make the pledge will be listed on our website roll of honour and will be recognised at our Wiltshire Music Education Awards later this year.
Those schools that share their musical ‘good news’ with us through the pledge will feature in our social media and our schools bulletins.
Here are some of the schools who have already shared their music ‘good news’:
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.