As part of the Early Years provision, music is a constant part of the children’s experience, through both singing and playing simple percussion instruments.
In KS1 children receive weekly music lessons. These are delivered by a combination of Jennifer Coventry and the class teachers. They learn through a scheme called Jolly Music, a programme aimed at children from age 4. Through a repertoire of playground rhymes and songs, children learn to identify musical elements such as pulse, rhythm, pitch, loudness and speed. This learning is reinforced through physical actions, creative activities and musical games.
In Years 3 and 4 all children receive weekly whole-class recorder lessons from our visiting teacher, Lauren Brown. For many of the children this is their first proper experience of learning a musical instrument and helps them to develop skills in notation, pitch, rhythm and performance that will be needed as they progress on to brass lessons in years 4-6. The school provides each child with a recorder which is theirs to keep, but which they are responsible for looking after throughout the year of lessons.
Here is your recorder lesson for this week. Lauren hopes that you enjoy it. Once you have done the lesson, try to do a few minutes of practice every day or two between now and the next lesson. It will make ALL the difference and you will really notice your progress.
Year 3 Recorder Week 9
Year 4 Recorder Week 9
Year 3 Recorder Week 8
Year 4 Recorder Week 8
Year 3 Recorder Week 7
Year 4 Recorder Week 7
Year 3 Recorder Week 6
Year 4 Recorder Week 6
Year 3 Recorder Week 5
Year 4 Recorder Week 5
Year 3 Recorder Week 4
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Year 3 Recorder Week 3
Year 4 Recorder Week 3
Year 4 Recorder Lesson
Year 3 Recorder Lesson Week 1
Year 4 Recorder lesson Week 1
In Years 5 and 6, all children experience brass lessons taught by our Head of Brass, Neville Young. Children learn either the cornet or the tenor horn. The instruments are provided by the school and in return we expect all children and parents to make an effort to look after the instruments and to take the time to practise.
Have a look at the Canonbury Brass Website
Our weekly singing assemblies are an opportunity for children to learn new songs and to develop their skills in singing. Key Stage 1 has theirs on Wednesday with Jennifer Coventry whilst Key Stage 2 also has theirs on Wednesday with Rachel Besbrode. Children sing a range of repertoire as well as preparing for performances at the Christmas and summer concerts.
Link to Sing Up at home (launching on Monday 20th April): http://www.singup.org/singupathome
We have two choirs, KS1 and KS2. The KS1 Choir, led by Jennifer Coventry, works throughout the year on a range of songs whilst developing skills in singing that they will carry forward into KS2 and hopefully the KS2 Choir. The KS1 Choir performs at the Canonbury Christmas and Summer Concerts.
The KS2 Choir performs a range of songs that challenges the children to sing in multiple harmony as well as offering solo opportunities. The Choir performs at both the Canonbury Christmas and Summer concerts as well as the Highbury Grove Christmas Concert. From 2020 they will also participate in a summer singing event organised by Music Education Islington.
Both choirs are open to anyone who wishes to join from the appropriate key stage.
The brass band is open to pupils in Year 5 (from summer term onwards) and Year 6. Led by Neville Young, the brass ensemble performs a range of repertoire and offers participants the opportunity to perform in a smaller group in which they further develop their musical and performance skills. There is also the opportunity to play the euphonium should any children express an interest.
Please have a look at the Canonbury Brass Website
The Canonbury Jazz Ensemble was established in Autumn 2019 and is led by flautist Maddy Shaw. It is open to children in Years 5 and 6 who have been learning an instrument for at least a year and who pass an informal audition. The jazz ensemble performs a range of repertoire and teaches the children a range of musical skills including improvisation.
The recorder ensemble, led by Rachel Besbrode, is open to pupils in Years 4-6 who have made good progress in their recorder lessons and wish to develop their ensemble playing. As well as providing the opportunity to rehearse and perform in a smaller group, the children further develop their performance skills as well as offering the chance to move on from descant to treble and tenor recorder.
We currently offer piano and violin lessons which can be individual or shared. We also offer flute lessons to a limited number of Year 5 pupils. There is a waiting list for all peripatetic lessons but if you are interested please speak to Sarah Ouldcott in the school office.
Each year KS1 and KS2 go to key-stage focused schools concerts performed by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican, a fabulous opportunity to hear one of the world’s greatest orchestras perform live.
The KS1 concert is usually based around a story book and the children learn songs that have been written specially for the concert.
The KS2 concert is usually based on a well-known piece of classical music. Prior to the concert the children have the opportunity to create their own compositions based on the work.
Outside of Canonbury
Guildhall Young Artists
Guildhall Young Artists (GYA) Islington is a music initiative aimed at improving the standard of music making for primary school children across the borough. Led by a team of teachers and artists from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the programme provides affordable playing and performing opportunities throughout their school life. The programme particularly targets disadvantaged children and young people by removing the barriers that would prevent them from participating.
Based at City of London Academy Highbury Grove on Wednesdays, GYA Islington offers 30 sessions a year after school from 4-6pm. Children receive instrumental group lessons, sing in the choir and play in ensembles. Each term culminates in a performance for family, friends and the wider community.
This is currently available to pupils in Years 5 and 6. A member of CPS staff escorts the pupils to COLA Highbury Grove and remains with them until they are collected at the end of the session.
Timetable of extra-curricular activities
- 12.10-12.30pm Recorder Ensemble (music room)
- 12.00-12.30pm KS1 Choir (bottom hall)
- 12.30-1.00pm KS2 Choir (top hall)
- 3.00-3.30pm Brass Ensemble (music room)
- 4.00-6.00pm GYA Islington (COLA Highbury Grove)
- 12.30-1.10pm Jazz Ensemble (music room)