Music is a strength of St Clare's school. Indeed our last Ofsted report stated:
"Pupils enjoy participating in various performing art activities. This was evident when the school choir [Gospel Choir] proudly performed a medley of hymns and gospel songs"
(Ofsted Jan 2016)
Our children in Years 4, 5 and 6 have a wonderful opportunity to learn an instrument through the Liverpool Music Service, Resonate. Each Thursday, Mrs Katie Worthington, spends an hour in each of the three year groups where the children enthusiastically take up their instruments. In Years 5 and 6 the children learn the clarinet, whilst in Year 3 they learn the clarineo. This is a pre-cursor to the clarinet without the lower notes, hence easier for smaller hands to hold and learn.
The children learn how to blow their instrument, the names of the notes, what notation looks like musically, as well as the musical terms staccato, piano, tempo and forte. To help them learn the order of the notes and the rhythm of each song, the children also have to sing the notes. Consequently the music is within them and so stays, ready to be accessed at any given moment. You can watch videos below taken during each year groups lesson.
Our after school club for music is our fabulous Gospel Choir, which we do in partnership with St Hugh's Primary School. They children rehearse each Wednesday (this year we are at St Hugh's School; next year we will rehearse at St Clare's), under the direction of Mel Birkett. We have performed in many places in the last three years and brought a lot of joy and smiles to hundreds of people. You can read more about our Gospel Choir on our website.
Year 6 children during their clarinet lesson now being able to harmonize into different parts.
Year 5 children watching their clarinet teacher intently during one of their lessons.
Year 4 children listening to one of their classmates do a clarinet solo during their lesson.