Why Music at LDSM?
Music is part of the national curriculum for all children up to the age of 14 years. Music helps children learn across subjects and can help to build social and cultural values as well as their confidence in performing and public speaking. It is well recognised that music can help to develop the skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other national curriculum subjects. This includes listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuitions, perseverance, the ability to work in a group, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others. Children’s ability to read music helps their understanding and knowledge of reading patterns and pictures, which later on increases skills in reading, understanding maps and graphs.
At LDSM, children are able to play different instruments from percussion to keyboard and learn a variety of musical genres from rock, blues, jazz, classical, Motown, musical theatre and lots more. Children are encouraged to perform in class and in concerts and assemblies. Composition is a key area of their learning and each year group will create an ensemble piece from the topic they have currently been learning. Compositions are performed every half term and recorded using apple mac software and the children are then able to evaluate their own performance and other class ensemble pieces. Children also learn about the basic elements of music and how to read and write notation from year three upwards.
LDSM perform in the community at the Elmbridge Festival each year, Long Ditton Village Fair, Long Ditton Christmas lights switch on, More Tea Vicar and St Mary’s Church.
Collective worship is held every day and the children learn and sing a varied repertoire of traditional and modern hymns. Every week we have hymn practice and learn how to sing together as an ensemble using correct posture, projection and breathing.
LDSM offers a varied list of free clubs available to all the pupils. School Choir, School Orchestra, Ukulele Club and Recorder Club. Paid activities include LAMDA musical theatre and acting, music technology and Rocksteady. Children can also have lessons in piano, woodwind, brass, strings and voice. In short, if you want to get into music, there really is something for everyone at LDSM!