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St Cecilia is the Patron Saint of music and as such, our vision of music celebrates the joy and creativity that music can bring. Our pupils are musicians; developing a love of music as well as the skills of performance, critical listening, and composition, whilst they engage in a range of musical experiences. Music is an expressive art form, which equips children with a better understanding of the world they live in and enables them to use its universal language communicate their experiences and feelings. The value we place music in enables pupils to reach their full potential, allowing them to become socially, morally, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually and culturally integrated members of society. We provide many opportunities for all children to create, compose and perform and develop the skills necessary to appreciate and critically engage with a wide variety musical genres which make up the best musical canon. Music at St Cecilia’s Catholic Junior School gives children the opportunity to enhance their creativity, self-esteem and self-confidence in a challenging and collaborative environment.
Saint Cecilia is the Patron Saint of Music; she is on every page of our school website, can you find her? It believed that when musicians played at her wedding she "sang in her heart to the Lord" and for this she was declared the Saint of Musicians. Her tomb is in the Church of Santa Cecilia, in Rome, Italy. In paintings, she is often shown playing a viola, an organ, or other musical instrument. Many people believe that this is incorrect, as her main talent is thought to have been her singing voice.
The main music curriculum is delivered by our wonderful music teacher Rosy Smith, who works with each class for a series of lessons each half term. This is strengthened by pupils taking part in musical opportunities through assemblies, hymn practice, visiting musicians, school plays, assemblies and much more.
We also have small group and individual musical instruments lessons from Cait Walker, who teaches woodwind and piano lessons for children. If you would be interested in your child having extra musical instrument lessons, please pick up a letter with more information about the cost and expectations from the school office, or speak to Miss Davey.
Lessons are available on the following instruments:
Year 6 are Musicians!
Year 6-1 have been studying the Mariachi music of Mexico. We have learned how to play and sing 'La Bamba' and we have enjoyed every single minute of it.
We are musicians! Here is what we have to say about music at St Cecilia's Catholic Junior School:
"I'm really proud that I got to write a sea shanty AND I've been chosen as a Star of Music lesson before!" Olga, Year 4
"Listening to yourself and other children helps you to improve your music skills. You can check for mistakes," Shea, Year 4
"Music can stop anger, help you to feel better and calm you down. It makes you happy!" Talia, Year 4
"I like it when Rosy gives me the thumbs up and says "Perfect Pitch" because it means I've got it right." Taylor, Year 4
"Music lessons are important because it means I have the choice to be a musician when I am older," Halle, Year 4
"I'm proud that I learnt to sing La Bamba and that I've been chosen for a solo," Halle, Year 6
"Doing vocal warm-ups from high to low pitch has helped me learn," Louisa, Year 6
"We play songs with 3 parts, on glockenspiels and xylophones. Some people get to do solos and use improvisation," Daisy, Year 6
"We played Mexican Mariachi music last term, with all different instruments like guitars, keyboards, glockenspiels, xylophones, clarinets and oboes." Katy, Year 6
Pupil Voice conducted January 2019