Music at William Booth Primary and Nursery School
“Every child should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through whole-class ensemble teaching” – National Plan for Music Education, DfE.
Nottingham is one of only 6 areas in the country to run the exciting In Harmony programme, an intense form of whole class teaching that aims to transform the lives of children using the power and disciplines of community-based orchestral music-making.
At William Booth School, we offer a silver In Harmony package, taught by our colleagues from Nottingham Music Service. As a registered charity and lead partner for the Nottingham Music Education Hub, NMS are committed to making music accessible and inclusive. In years 3 and 6, we have developed a fantastic non instrument curriculum that will ensure high quality and highly specialised music learning. From Year 4, your child will learn either the violin, viola or cello. From Year 5 they will be able to join Area Band, an after-school music club run by NMS. There is also the chance for our children to participate in a subsidised residential music camp at Ilam Hall in Staffordshire, also run by NMS, as well as attend inspirational musical events at prestigious venues in the city.
As your child progresses with their instrument, they will have the opportunity to get involved with a range of exciting music ensembles run by NMS. And, if your child loves to sing, you might also consider the Robin Hood Youth Choir!
NMS has various strategies to support your child to learn, and one of these is to support them to achieve accreditation through ABRSM Music Medals and Grade exams.
At William Booth School, we are proud to have been awarded the Music Mark! Through our work with NMS we have shown commitment to ensuring high quality music education for all our pupils. In fact, we have gone one stage further and been awarded Music Hub Champion School status! This recognises that William Booth has gone the extra mile to help support musical opportunities both within and beyond our own school, helping music to make a difference for young people across Nottingham City.
Here is an example of the Nottingham music service and Nottingham city schools working together on the song ‘Tequila’.
Our music teachers
Hello, I’m Matt Appleyard, and I will be teaching strings in your school this year! I play lots of instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass guitar, drums and piano! As well as teaching in school, I’ll also be supporting you at Area Band, and I’m looking forward to seeing you all progress through the year. It’ll be great to see all the familiar faces from last year as well as the fresh, excited new faces this year! East band is always fun. We have a great group of musicians who, though they are excitable and can be talkative, are respectful to staff and extremely eager to learn.
The advice I would you give to a young person learning an instrument with NMS would be, “Have fun with it. As important as it is to learn technique, musicality and repertoire, you’ve got to enjoy yourself! Also, play, play, play! Keep playing and it’ll get easier!”
Hello, my name is Mahaliah Edwards, but you’ll probably call me Mae! I’m going to be teaching strings in your school this year. The main instruments that I play are violin and piano. As well as teaching in school, I’ll also be supporting you at Area Band, where I’m looking forward to seeing the progress you make from the start of the year at Music Camp to our concerts at the end of the year! I’m also going to be supporting the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra string players this year. I’m really excited about supporting their music-making, especially in core orchestral repertoire as well as supporting them in fulfilling their potential on their musical journeys.