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Music

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.

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.

 

Singing aids development in many ways as it

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!

String Playing

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. 

 

Music Improves:

Speech & lanugage
Develop meomory and exercises the brain
Listening skills
Energizes the nervous system
Stimulates neural pathways
Stress relief
Self expression
Encourages responsiblity
 

 

Individual violin/cello lessons can be arranged, in addition to those provided by the school, but must be financed by their parents.