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Whole School Music Coverage and Timetable 2017-18

Summer 2017

 

Instrumental Lessons

 

Instrumental lessons are a popular choice amongst Key Stage 2 pupils at Marland Hill. There are currently over 55 pupils receiving small group instrumental tuition. Lessons are delivered by the Rochdale Music Service: Woodwind by Mrs. Brooks, Brass by Mrs. Kent and Keyboard by Mr. Lewis. Instrumentalists celebrated their successes during entertaining performances at the Musical Evening held at the end of the Spring term.

 

 

ABRSM Music Medal Examinations

 

During the Spring Term eight pupils from Marland Hill, alongside two pupils from Heybrook Primary, took the ABRSM Music Medal Examinations: Copper and Bronze level. All pupils passed and enjoyed performing to the whole school during a celebration assembly at the end of the first half term in the Summer.

 

Another session of Music Medal Exams is scheduled for the end of the Summer Term where pupils from Marland Hill and Heybrook will take their Music Medals.

 

It is the plan to widen the range of instruments offered for the Music Medal Exams for the academic year 2017-18, by introducing brass, keyboard and recorder. Pupils learning these instruments are looking forward to the Autumn Term 2017 where they can commence their preparation for the exams and hopefully sitting them in December.

 

The Marland Hill Musical Evening

 

The Annual Marland Hill Musical Evening took place during the last week of the Spring Term. The evening was a great success and gave pupils the opportunity to share their hard work, commitment and dedication they have displayed towards their musical work throughout the school year.

 

The evening included performances by: The School Band, brass groups, woodwind soloists, Y3 full class mixed brass group, recorders, Y3 / 4 Singers, Y5 / 6 Singers and the Y5 Samba Band. The evening was interspersed with music provided by the Rochdale Music Service Band, and was presented in an entertaining manner by two Year 5 pupils. The evening ended with a finale song by all the children involved in the concert.

 

The IPLCN Instrumental Workshop

 

The annual IPLCN Instrumental Workshop is set to take place at Heybrook Primary on Thursday 6th July. Schools from the IPLCN combine together for a morning of instrumental performance where they play together some ‘full school’ pieces they have been learning, and also performing a piece of music to the other schools. Pupils in the Marland Hill School Band will be attending the workshop, and will have the opportunity to share their musical performance with around 100 pupils from other schools in the IPLCN.

 

The Heywood Song Festival

 

On Tuesday 20th June Year 5 pupils will attend the Heywood Song Festival at Heywood Civic Centre. The singing event involves a network of schools from Heywood, and will comprise of a performance of four ‘full school’ songs, alongside the opportunity for each school to perform on their own. Last year’s event was a great success and enjoyed by all – providing pupils from Marland Hill to contribute to the musical performance of a neighboring network of schools.

School Band

 

The school band rehearses weekly on Tuesdays 3.00pm – 4.00pm and has 14 members playing a variety of instruments from Years 5 and 6. Pupils enjoyed taking part in a performance at the Musical Evening and are preparing pieces to perform at the IPLCN Instrumental Workshop later this month.

 

Marland Hill’s Talent Show

 

Scheduled for a finale to the Summer Term is a talent show for Year 5 / 6 pupils. Children are enthusiastically preparing a mixture of song, dance and musical performances to take part in what is certain to be an entertaining event – showcasing the diverse range of talents the pupils of Marland Hill possess. This will be enjoyed by pupils and parents in a performance scheduled at the end of the Summer Term.

Spring Term 2017

 

Instrumental Lessons

 

Instrumental lessons at Marland Hill are no win full swing with 56 pupils receiving tuition on brass, woodwind and keyboard. Visiting tutors from the Rochdale Music Service provide expert tuition on the instruments alongside encouraging pupils to participate in musical concerts and to pursue the ABRSM Music Medal Examinations. School subsidises music lessons and examinations making them accessible for children at Marland Hill who have an interest in playing a musical instrument.

 

Running alongside these partly subsidised instrumental lessons are two projects funded fully by school. These are:

 

  • Wider Opportunities: Full class instrumental tuition for Year 3 pupils on brass.
  • Small group instrumental tuition Eight Year 5 pupils are receiving tuition on woodwind.

 

ABRSM Music Medal Examinations

 

Music Medal Exam sessions were held in the Spring Term where pupils took and passed Copper and Bronze Medals on flute, clarinet and recorder. Marland Hill pupils were joined by pupils from Heybrook Primary (one of our IPLCN schools) who successfully passed their Bronze Music Medal on flute.

 

It is the plan to widen the range of instruments offered for the Music Medal Exams for the Summer session of exams, by introducing brass and keyboard.

 

Joshua Ashton (Y6) passed Grade 1 Flute with a distinction at the end of the Autumn Term. These exams differ from Music Medals as they are purely a solo exam as opposed to exams taken in a group setting. They combine the enjoyable nature of the Music Medal format with a more rigorous approach to the technical side of playing an instrument – many scales / exercises being learnt to be performed from memory. Alongside testing in sight-reading and aural awareness.

 

The School Band

 

The School band rehearses weekly on a Tuesday after school. There are 17 members on woodwind, brass and keyboard. The School Band plan to participate in the Musical Evening at school and the IPLCN Instrumental Workshop 2016.

 

 

 

IPLCN Instrumental Workshop

 

The annual PLCN Instrumental Workshop will take place in June and pupils in the school band are busy preparing for the event. Pupils will perform alongside 180 pupils from schools of the IPLCN. Led by Mr. Rimmer and Mrs. Brooks, the event is in its fourth year. Pupils learn four ‘full school’ pieces composed and arranged by Mr. Rimmer, alongside an ‘individual school’ piece. It is a very pleasurable experience for the young musicians and gives them the opportunity to see and hear a range of musical instruments being played by other children.

 

Other Musical Activities

 

Other musical activities running during the Spring and Summer Term include:

 

  • Young Voices: Year 6 Singers will perform at the Phones 4U Arena on March 3rd alongside 7000 children from schools across the North West.
  • The Musical Evening: KS2 pupils will perform in the school’s annual musical concert – featuring full class and small group performances of a variety of musical groups.
  • IPLCN Song Festival: Year 5 pupils will take part in the song festival on 26th April alongside schools from the IPLCN schools.
  • Heywood Song Festival: Year 5 pupils will take part in the song festival June 20th June alongside schools from the Heywood network at Heywood Civic Centre.

Music Summer 2016


Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons are a popular choice amongst Key Stage 2 pupils at Marland Hill. There are currently over 80 pupils receiving small group instrumental tuition. Lessons are delivered by the Rochdale Music Service: Woodwind by Mrs. Brooks, Brass by Mrs. Kent and Keyboard / Recorder by Mr. Lewis. Pupils enjoy their lessons and as the Musical Evening brought to light – they are making very good progress with their instrumental playing, many opting to take the ABRSM Music Examinations.

 

ABRSM Music Medal Examinations

During the Spring Term a number of woodwind pupils took a Music Medal Exam. These ranged from ‘Copper’ to ‘Silver’ Medals. They were joined by some students from another school in the IPLCN network – Heybrook Primary. It is the hope that more schools from the IPLCN will join the exam sessions and enter pupils to take Music Medals.

Another session of Music Medal Exams is scheduled for the end of the Summer Term where pupils from Marland Hill and Heybrook will take their Music Medals.

It is the plan to widen the range of instruments offered for the Music Medal Exams for the academic year 2016-17, by introducing brass, keyboard and recorder. Pupils learning these instruments are looking forward to the Autumn Term 2016 where they can commence their preparation for the exams and hopefully sitting them in December.

 

Mrs. Brooks has identified Joshua Ashton, who plays flute, as a candidate for the ABRSM Instrumental Examinations – Grade 1 to be taken in the Autumn Term. These exams differ from Music Medals as they are purely a solo exam as opposed to exams taken in a group setting. They combine the enjoyable nature of the Music Medal format with a more rigorous approach to the technical side of playing an instrument – many scales / exercises being learnt to be performed from memory. Alongside testing in sight-reading and aural awareness.

 


Marland Hill’s Link with The Halle Orchestra

As the second half of the Summer Term gets under way, 30 pupils from Year 5 are taking part in the Halle World Music Project involving other schools from the IPLCN: Heybrook, St. Andrew’s and Moorhouse.

 

Each school has been assigned a different country, and will learn a piece in the style of that countries musical tradition.

 

Countries / musical styles have been assigned as follows:

  • Marland Hill - Cuban music 
  • Heybrook - Indian music
  • St. Andrews - Indonesian Gamelan musicc
  • Moorhouse - African music

Eight specialist instrumentalists from the Halle Orchestra have been assigned in pairs to visit one of each of the four schools for three half day workshops. A final rehearsal followed by a concert on the evening of Monday the 27th of June will be held at Marland Hill. Each school will perform the pieces they have learnt to each other and parents, and take part in an ‘all schools’ finale piece led by a French Horn player form the Halle who is from Rochdale.


The Marland Hill Musical Evening

The Annual Marland Hill Musical Evening took place during the last week of the first half of the Summer Term. The evening was a great success and gave pupils the opportunity to share their hard work, commitment and dedication they have displayed towards their musical work throughout the school year.

 

The evening included performances by: The School Band, brass groups, woodwind soloists, Y3 full class mixed brass group, recorders, Y4 Singers, Y5 / 6 Singers and the Y5 Samba Band. The evening was interspersed with music provided by the Rochdale Music Service Band, and was presented in an entertaining manner by two Year 5 pupils, Lybah Hussain Ali and Rohma Ahmed, the script having been written by Y5 Pupil Lybah Hussain Ali and Y6 Pupil Zara Hussain Ali. The evening ended with a finale song by all the children involved in the concert.

 

The IPLCN Instrumental Workshop

The annual IPLCN Instrumental Workshop is set to take place at Heybrook Primary on Tuesday 21st June. Schools from the IPLCN combine together for a morning of instrumental performance where they play together some ‘full school’ pieces they have been learning, and also performing a piece of music to the other schools. Pupils in the Marland Hill School Band will be attending the workshop, and will have the opportunity to share their musical performance with around 100 pupils from other schools in the IPLCN.


The Heywood Song Festival

On Wednesday 22nd June 30 Year 5 pupils will attend the Heywood Song Festival at Heywood Civic Centre. The singing event involves a network of schools from Heywood, and will comprise of a performance of four ‘full school’ songs, alongside the opportunity for each school to perform on their own. Last year’s event was a great success and enjoyed by all – providing pupils from Marland Hill to contribute to the musical performance of a neighboring network of schools.


School Band

The school band rehearses weekly on Fridays 3.00pm – 4.00pm and has 18 members playing a variety of instruments from Year’s 4, 5 and 6. Pupils enjoyed taking part in a performance at the Musical Evening and are preparing pieces to perform at the IPLCN Instrumental Workshop later this month.


Marland Hill’s Talent Show

Scheduled for a finale to the Summer Term is a talent show for Year 5 / 6 pupils. Children are enthusiastically preparing a mixture of song, dance and musical performances to take part in what is certain to be an entertaining event – showcasing the diverse range of talents the pupils of Marland Hill possess. This will be enjoyed by pupils and parents in a performance scheduled on the evening of Tuesday 12th July.

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