Music in EYFS and KS1 follows the pedagogical methods developed by Kodaly, Dalcroze, Orff and Vygotsky, as well as the vocal curriculum developed by NYCOS, achieving certificates in Bronze, Silver and Gold, ensuring that by the start of Year 3 in KS2, all children know how to sing and use all the hand signs, know all the basic and complex rhythms, and can read and sing music from the stave.
In KS2, children at St. James take part on courses by the Royal Opera of London, in order to learn and sing Opera, which rewards them with official diplomas after the completion of Carmen and Hansel und Gretel programs. As well as improving their singing skills, in KS2 children learn to play the Ukulele, to compose music from manuscript and to produce their own music through Music Technology.
Events, concerts and performances are a key part of our music curriculum, besides annual events, children at St James have a vocal and instrumental performance once a month, with our monthly Throwdown Friday, where all the children are invited to come and share their music skills in front of their peers and teachers, in a casual atmosphere that serves the purpose of embracing and nurturing the students, giving them a safe space to perform and express themselves with their creativity.
We offer instrumental lessons during the school day from Reception, with a wide range of selection of instruments such as violin, guitar, drums, woodwind and brass.