Music at Millennium
Music is an important part of school life at Millennium. It is part of the curriculum, and children are able to experience and enjoy music in a variety of different ways. Children are given many opportunities to sing, play, and listen to music, including in assemblies, end of year shows and community performances. Music helps children improve their self-confidence, be creative and develop a sense of achievement.
Music in the Curriculum
Each class has a weekly music lesson given by a specialised music teacher in our dedicated music studio. This gives them the opportunity to use their voices to sing, to compose music on their own and with their peers, to listen to different music genres and to learn a musical instrument in a whole-class music lesson.
- In Key Stage 1 children focus on learning how to control their voices as an instrument
- Year 3 learn the recorder
- Year 4 learn the ukulele
- Years 5 and 6 learn the keyboard
Children also learn to explore the way that music is created and communicated through pitch, notation, dynamics, tempo, structure and texture.
Music in the Community
The Key Stage 2 Choir rehearses once a week and showcases their talent in the community in a variety of different situations. This year they have performed at The O2's Young Voices Concert, in the Millennium Village Square, at the Summer Fayre and in a Christmas concert at the Old Royal Navel College Chapel.
Millennium also incorporates musical talent into the Christmas and end of year shows. This gives children who are not as experienced in performance the chance to build their confidence and demonstrate what they can do to their friends and family.
As well as weekly class music, Millennium also offers private music lessons from peripatetic music teachers in violin, cello, piano and guitar. These lessons are timetabled during the school day and children regularly perform in assemblies.
The school currently has three musical bands that rehearse regularly with tuition from experienced music teachers. They are becoming a favourite at Millennium events and celebrations!