At St Stephen’s, we make delivering a comprehensive music curriculum and instilling a passion for music amongst our children a priority.
Our aim is for all children to have the opportunity to develop talents and gain a deeper understanding and love of music.
We are very excited to announce that we have once again been named a Music Mark school for the 2022/2023 school year!
Statement from RMT:
RMT recognises and appreciates the value that St Stephens school places on music, and we would like to celebrate this by nominating you to become part of the Music Mark community. Music Mark is the UK Association for Music Education, championing and supporting access to music for all children and young people.
The school funds a variety of projects, led by the Richmond Music Trust, with the aim of enhancing children’s music learning. These include weekly Music Makers sessions in Year 1, where in groups of 15 children are provided with a firm foundation to learn an instrument and start a lifelong love of music. This is followed up in Year 2 with recorder sessions, while in Year 3 they move on to strings, receiving lessons in the violin, cello or viola. As the children progress into year 4, they are now ready to receive a term block of formal singing lessons as well as apply their growing musical expertise during two terms of learning the keyboard.
In Year 5 children again are given the opportunity to build on their keyboard skills in a brand new unit and also begin to show off their theoretical knowledge of music to composing using technology. M:tech, our music technology provider, takes the children through the ins and outs of producing music that can be used in a variety of different contexts. Finally, in year 6, the children build upon these keyboard and musical technology skills as they prepare to move into secondary school.
We believe it is important that children of all abilities are given the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their musical talents in a variety of situations. In class lessons, children use a selection of instruments such as keyboards, glockenspiels, recorders, xylophones, computers, percussion and their own instruments. They are encouraged to perform pieces to their peers. Class assemblies feature children’s performances and the whole school performs songs for occasions, such as the Harvest Festival, Easter and Carol Services. The Summer Concert is a wonderful opportunity for each year group to showcase their learning.
Many children also take advantage of the RMTs one-to-one music tuition in our Music Room. A number of extra-curricular musical clubs are on offer, including orchestra, which practices weekly with music teacher Tim Wilford. The orchestra performs at our Christmas and Easter services as well as at the RMT proms. We also have a thriving singing club which performs alongside other RMT schools at the Singing festival at the Rose Theater during the summer term.
By developing our young musicians, we aim to instill a love for music that will follow them throughout their lives.