AIMS OF MUSIC EDUCATION IN OUR SCHOOL
Moor Hey School recognises the importance of music in the spiritual, social and cultural well-being of mankind. It seeks, therefore, to establish a musical environment which fosters creativity and which enables children to:
- Enable each pupil to grow musically at his/her own pace and level.
- Develop the pupils’ listening skills.
- Develop the pupils’ imagination, inventiveness and artistic skills.
- Give pupils a means of both verbal and non-verbal expressiveness and communication.
- Build on what the pupil already knows.
- Help each pupil to develop their self-esteem and confidence.
- Enable the pupils to cooperate with others.
- Help the pupils to concentrate and develop memorising skills.
- Enable the pupils to respond to music individually.
Throughout the music programme, the pupils will be continually working on the development of:
- Group awareness
TEACHING MUSIC TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
We teach music to all children, whatever their ability, in accordance with the school curriculum policy of providing a broad and balanced education to all children. Teachers provide learning opportunities matched to the needs of children with learning difficulties, and our work in music takes into account the targets set for individual children in their Individual Education Plans (IEPs). The music lessons aim to help the children achieve their IEP targets where possible and in particular where confidence or self-esteem is an issue.
ADDITIONAL MUSIC TEACHING
Pupils are offered the opportunity to learn to play brass instruments or guitar. The brass lessons are taught by Mrs Nickeas and we have a few brass instruments in school. The guitar lessons are taught by Michael from the Lancashire Music Service. There is a cost of £2.00 per lesson for guitars and instruments are provided. Places are limited for both brass and guitar lessons.
Each year we encourage our key stage 3 and 4 pupils to take part in our school productions. These are performed in local venues or in school. To date we have performed: Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat (2012), The Wizard of Oz (2013), Olivia (2014), Cinderella Rockerfella (2015), Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat (2016) and The Amazing Adventures of Superstan (2017). We are currently working towards Pirates of the Curry Bean which will be performed in the Spring 2018.
Our M Factor has the X factor when all our superstars take to the stage. This has become a Christmas tradition of Moor Hey. All senior pupils are invited to live their dream on the stage either on their own or in a group. It is their chance to shine and sparkle. There is tremendous audience participation and a judge on the panel is a highly sought after position.