At the Avenue, Music is at the forefront of our curriculum and is regarded by us as the foundation of all learning. At the end of each year, the children stage a music presentation where the choir and all the string players preform for the parents and staff. They are joined by invited professional players and singers who preform alongside the children.
The Kodaly method of singing
The school has adopted the Kodaly method of teaching singing throughout the school, beginning in the Pre-Nursery and continuing through to the end of Year 2.
Staff undertake regular training in this method of teaching singing so that singing becomes a natural part of the day with instructions, register etc being sung and with the children responding imitatively. By the end of Year 2, we expect all children to be able to pitch accurately.
Benefits of singing:
- Encourages enunciation
- Aids stammering
- Aids the development of a healthy chest, lungs and breathing
- Helps train memory
- Aids listening skills
- Helps communication
- Aids self expression
- And above all children are happy when they sing!
In the Music Programme every child in Yr 1 & 2 learns either the violin or the cello. These lessons are timetabled and included in the fee. Children are taught in pairs or in groups of 3 on instruments provided by the school.
String playing is the only activity which engages both sides of the brain so that physical, mental, emotional and social skills are all simultaneously encouraged and developed. The children’s academic progress has been positively influenced by our string teaching initiative and increased focus, self motivation and self reliance is witnessed in lessons within other areas of the curriculum.
- Speech & lanugage
- Develop meomory and exercises the brain
- Listening skills
- Energizes the nervous system
- Stimulates neural pathways
- Stress relief
- Self expression
- Encourages responsibility