Music is an integral part of life at St. Michael's School. With weekly music lessons, daily singing during assemblies, a wide range of instrumental lessons available and a wealth of extra-curricular ensembles, children can immerse themselves in music from Monday to Friday.
Each class has one music lesson per week, delivered by specialist music teachers with a wealth of experience both in the classroom and as professional musicians. Children are taught in a highly practical environment where they quickly become confident and enthusiastic about making music. From the rhythms of West Africa to the pulsating Samba rhythms of Brazil; from learning the skills of listening to applying their skills through composition and performance both as a class and as small child lead groups; from medieval madrigals to the ever changing genres of the present day, children will have the experience of making music come alive - making it real and relevant to them.
Children are encouraged to learn an instrument from the wide range on offer. Our dedicated peripatetic team do a fantastic job and the quality of the musicianship heard in our orchestra, jazz band, choir and drumming group are testament to their fantastic tuition. Children are encouraged to enter nationally recognised examinations which provide an excellent grounding in all the elements of musicianship.
There are many opportunities to perform throughout the school year. As well as the annual Christmas Service in Wimborne Minster and the Summer Concert, individuals and ensembles perform regularly during assemblies as well as at other community events. Performance is also an important part of class music lessons giving all children a chance to taste the excitement of the limelight. The biannual show is a chance for singers and instrumentalist alike, to shine in an unforgettable experience.
Vision for Learners at St Michael’s CE Middle School
‘Each child, uniquely made in God’s image, merits the best that we can give’.
Our sense of purpose begins with the statement above, rooted in the highest possible understanding of young people and all their God-given potential. All that we do flows from this including our core values of Aspiration, Belief and Creativity: St Michael’s ABC.
Our pupil’s join St Michael’s at a crucial stage of transition from childhood to early adulthood. We support them through this journey in three key ways. Firstly, by inspiring them to aim high in all areas of schooling and personal development. Secondly we coach pupils to sustain belief in all situations and challenges. Finally, we actively seek ways to for all pupils to explore and nurture their creativity.
Music at St Michael's aims to get every child realising their musical potential through fun, engaging and practical lessons. Through a disciplined approach, children will learn basic skills across a range of classroom instruments which will allow them to work creatively on their own compositions both individually and in bands. Those children wishing to take their music further have the option of taking extra instrumental lessons. There are a wide range of clubs to get involved in for all level of player including a thriving school orchestra. Performance is an important part of the musical process and the children are encouraged to perform regularly at concerts, community events and assemblies. Music is alive at St Michael's!
MUSIC builds ASPIRATION by:
MUSIC builds BELIEF by:
MUSIC builds CREATIVITY by:
Wider British Values
St Michael’s is a Rights Respecting school which believes that supporting children’s development of character and values, including the core British values of democracy, mutual respect, liberty and the rule of law, is an essential part of equipping young people to thrive as citizens in the world of the future. Music actively supports this by:
Encouraging team work and respect for different ideas
Respecting a broad range of cultures and their music including African drumming, African-American Blues, Reggae, great classical composers from around the world;
Having extremely high behavioural expectations allowing for independent group work – this is often where the most progress is made – child led learning
Promoting an ‘I Can’ attitude by showing the children that they are capable of doing things they never thought they could (playing bass, drums or guitar in a band
Allowing children’s talents to shine, through regular performance opportunities
Building the confidence of all children to perform in class based work
Where it all fits in
If you are working well in this subject these are the skills you are learning:
- good physical dexterity, memory and concentration - developed in practice and performance;
- communication skills - developed through performing and engaging listeners;
- teamwork - through working in bands or orchestras as a player or leader;
- self-management - physical and mental self-discipline achieved through regular practice;
- performing under pressure - overcoming nervousness in order to perform well during exams, concerts and auditions;
- planning - organising and working towards a project/performance;
- technical skills and expertise - using technology to create and record music and combine music with film;
- critical reflection - giving and receiving criticism, learning from mistakes and striving for improved performance.
If you like this subject then these are some of the jobs you can go on to:
- Music therapist
- Musician – Orchestra, Band, Theatre pit
- Private music teacher
- Secondary school teacher
- Sound technician, broadcasting/film/video
- Arts administrator
- Broadcast engineer
- Community arts worker
- Event organiser
- Radio broadcast assistant
- Radio producer
- Theatre stage manager
- Music retailers;
- Composing music for TV, Film and Theatre
- Army band
- Piano tuner
- Instrument maker