Music at Bishop Gilpin
Music is at the heart of Bishop Gilpin, and we believe strongly that all children should have the opportunity to learn about and experience the joy of music. Every child enjoys weekly music lessons and singing assemblies with our talented and enthusiastic music teacher, Mrs Jones. Through building music skills and encouraging participation and musical curiosity, we boost our children’s self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
The Music Curriculum
Our thematic music units excite and extend the children's experience of music - from African music to music therapy, and from folk songs to Tudor instruments. In our weekly music lessons we explore rhythm, vocal technique, instruments, aural skills, notation, composition, listening and music history. Every child in Y1 and Y2 has the opportunity to learn the ukulele, and we place a special emphasis on group singing.
"The curriculum has many strengths ... among its particular strengths are music and ICT, which are taught by specialist teachers."
Music Clubs and Activities
Every child at Bishop Gilpin has the chance to learn music and perform at special occasions through the school year. Children who would like additional musical opportunities are warmly invited to join one of our weekly music clubs.
Merton Music Foundation (MMF)
Currently around two thirds of our KS2 pupils learn a musical instrument, either externally or in school through MMF.
MMF offers music lessons for woodwind, brass, violin, cello, guitar, piano and drums. These lessons take place during the school day, and the school will provide free/subsidised tuition to eligible children. Children can apply to learn piano or violin from Y1 upwards, and other instruments from Year 3. To apply for lessons, please register with Merton Music Foundation. Please note that the number of MMF lessons is limited and where we have too much demand, it is necessary to have waiting lists.
Friends Of Bishop Gilpin Choir
We have a flourishing community choir for adults: the FOBG Choir. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 8 till 9.30pm during term time. As well as singing a wide range of choral music and performing several times a year, it is a great way to meet parents from other year groups. No choral experience necessary; just a love of singing and a sense of fun!
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