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Instruments of the Orchestra

This term in music Year 7 pupils will be learning about the instruments of the Orchestra.

To link with this all year 7 pupil had an assembly this morning led by Miss Cox and some of the peripatetic music teachers. The aim was to encourage more pupils to consider learning an instrument in school and to give them the opportunity to hear some instruments being played live. Miss Edmondson, who is the woodwind teacher, talked about the flute, clarinet and saxophone and then some of our year 10 pupils played pieces such as ‘The Simpsons Theme’ and ‘Titanic’ to the audience. Mrs Velvick, who teaches trumpet and cornet, talked about how brass instruments are made and played. She played a beautiful piece called ‘Reflections’ which showed off the wide range of the trumpet and then Melissa in Year 10 played one of her exam pieces.

The focus was on these instruments because, as a school, we subsidise group tuition to allow more pupils to access music tuition. Pupils are taught in small groups and lessons cost £3. We also have a bank of instruments pupils can use for their lessons and can take home to practice on.

Other instruments are taught in school, some are to individuals or pairs. These include guitar (acoustic, electric and bass), drum kit, piano and singing. Mr Mitchell, the drum teacher, did a drum demonstration at lunch time, showing pupils how the drums are played and playing a range of pieces along with Year 11 pupil Ben Wilson. For drum lessons please see www.drumwise.co.uk

For more information about other music lessons please contact Miss Cox