Boy playing xylophone

Music

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.

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.

What’s happening this term?

It has been an exciting half term for music at Charles Dickens Primary School. We now have over 100 children learning an instrument. In addition, children in Year 3 attended a brilliant concert as part of the Water Music Festival and children in Year 4 participated in a Nordic Music Workshop at the Southbank Centre. Ukulele club also began their lessons, and Mr Paul has been amazed at the talent in this year’s group.

It’s also been a busy term in class with Mr Nathan, our new music teacher. In Early Years, children have been exploring music and movement. We have been using a Colour Strings approach which introduces children to the foundations of music such as rhythm and pitch. Key Stage 1 have been learning to read and play along to formal music notation. Children have also been singing the songs of Frank Sinatra, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and traditional Pacific chants.

In Key Stage 2, children have been exploring music composition with a range of tuned and untuned instruments while developing their sight reading skills of music notation.

If you want to experience some of these lessons, check out the videos below.

Year 5 will be rehearsing for the Young Voices concert which will take place at the 02 Centre in February 2018 and our Christmas Choir will begin rehearsals for a series of charity concerts across the borough. In addition, we are launching our school ensemble that will provide a platform for our instrumentalists to play as part of a group. We are also recruiting an additional guitar teacher which will allow us to offer new guitar places.

If you missed out on lessons this term, please get in touch via music@charlesdickens.southwark.sch.uk to book your child violin or guitar lessons.