Practical lessons have always been important at Greneway and the majority of lessons include instrumental work. This emphasis on composing and performing as well as listening and appraising is in line with the National Curriculum and our pupils achieve above the national average in both key stages.
The music department believes that progress and high standards are achieved primarily through enjoyment and self-motivation and aims to provide all pupils regardless of ability with the opportunity to:
- Enjoy and understand different types of music.
- Sing, compose, notate, perform, listen and appraise with confidence, accuracy and enthusiasm.
- Extend their music making outside of the classroom.
All pupils have one hour of music a week. There is a well-equipped music room and five practice rooms. The curriculum includes several recurring short topics such as Pulse, Rhythm and Notation and a number of major topics in each year (Year 5 - Mysterious Castle and Graphic Scores; Year 6 - Chinese Music and Horror Music; Year 7 - GarageBand and African Music; Year 8 –Composing for a film trailer and work based on the show ‘Stomp’). The nature of the work and mixed ability teaching methods are designed to stretch the most gifted and talented pupils as well as provide for the needs of the less able.
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Individual tuition is available on: cello, clarinet, drum kit, flute, French horn, guitar (electric and acoustic), keyboard, oboe, piano, recorder, saxophone, tenor horn, trombone, trumpet, viola, violin and voice. About ninety children receive these instrumental lessons, which cost £132.50 a term, though costs are reduced if pupils ‘share’ a lesson.
Extra-curricular activities include:
Four choirs, including a Chamber Choir and the ever popular Boyz Choir, School Orchestra, Woodwind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Recorder clubs and GarageBand Club. There is a major concert every term involving all ensembles and in addition the pupils have the opportunity to perform solos and duets. Last year's production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was an overwhelming success involving over one hundred pupils on stage from all year groups, with many more taking on vital roles behind the scenes. This year there will be the ever popular ‘Greneway’s Got Talent’ which showcases the very best of our performing arts. In addition, we participate in annual concerts at the West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge and in the Royston Festival and this year, in the Hertfordshire Schools’ Gala at the Royal Albert Hall.