Year 7 and 8 pupils receive two hours of music classes per week in which they gain a basic understanding of music in theory and practice. We believe that music is best appreciated when both understood cognitively and felt emotionally. On the one hand, pupils learn basic music theory (rhythm and notation, as well as receive ear training); on the other, pupils are encouraged to listen to pieces of music as living, breathing works of art.
Whole-class singing is a big part of our curriculum as we recognise the voice to be the most accessible and universal instrument. Pupils enjoy singing a variety of songs, learn about each song’s meaning and history, how to sing expressively in a group, and become more confident performers over time. Finally, we are proud to introduce pupils to classical music. Pupils are introduced to key composers and works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern era, and learn about all the different instruments in an orchestra.
As well as in the curriculum, music is embedded throughout Michaela. Important national and cultural songs are shared with the whole school in assemblies, making singing a part of everyday school life. Pupils have the opportunity to access high quality one-to-one instrumental lessons within school, working towards qualifications with leading examining bodies. Many instrumentalists take part in solo or ensemble performances in termly assemblies. The school choir rehearses once a week after school and also performs in termly assemblies.