At Windhill21 all children in Year 4 learn stringed instruments with Emma White from Herts Music Service. They are taught in half class groups and learn the violin, cello and double bass as a string orchestra.
The lessons start with warm up exercises, games and songs and then move on to playing the instruments where they work on technique and play a variety of pieces. We always finish the project with a concert for parents.
Here is a film to give you a flavor of what happens:
If the children have enjoyed these sessions there is a chance for them to carry on in smaller groups (for which there is a small termly fee). In these groups they learn to read music, to play more complicated pieces and even compose their own music.
Some quotes from our year 5 small string group members:
It’s great fun
It helps you read music
You can write your own music
You learn different techniques
It’s a good hobby
It's an amazing experience
For more information about signing up for the smaller groups please email the school office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have an external company that comes into school to offer music lessons. For information about these additional lessons offered by DeRosa please click this link.