Boy playing xylophone Untitled Document


Charles Dickens Primary School offers a tremendous range of wonderful musical opportunities for all its pupils and we have proven track record of encouraging enthusiastic pupils to fulfill their musical potential through individual and group lessons, choir, orchestra and an on-going calendar of exciting musical events.

A team of dedicated music professionals provides specialist music tuition in keyboard, violin, trumpet and recorder.

We have a musician in residence, Pete Letanka. Pete works with every Key Stage 2 class, developing musical creativity, musicianship, musical composition and teamwork. Pete brings a wealth of experience to his projects from his professional background as a jazz musician and experience of leading similar projects with arts institutions, such as The Royal Opera House.

From Nursery onwards children also receive weekly music lessons from our music teacher from Southwark Music Hub. Our Music teacher teaches children the specific skills of the 2014 National Curriculum. From Reception year upwards, children have the opportunity to play a wide range of tuned and untuned instruments with both control and rhythmic accuracy and to work together to compose, combine and organise their musical ideas.

In 2015-16 years 2,3 & 4 will receive recorder lessons from Southwark Music Hub. All children of primary age have access to individual music tuition with financial bursaries for pupils in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant.

In addition to whole school singing, productions and class assemblies, we hold regular music concerts within school. Both orchestra and choir perform within the school at least once a term and further afield at events such as the Thames Festival, the Globe Christmas concert and Southwark Music Festival.

You can see highlights of the music calendar here on the school blog.