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The Palmer Catholic Academy

The Palmer Catholic Academy

Music

Head of Music
Mr R Thorndyke

Teacher of Music
Mrs C Mayer

Piano
Ms J Bergin-McCarthy

Singing
Mr A McIntosh

Strings
Ms A Ivanova

Guitar
Mr A Mikelis

Woodwind
Ms S Eversden

Brass
Mr R Thorndyke

Drums
Mr J Parker

 

I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning

Plato

The Music Department is situated in its own building within the Palmer House and consists of two main teaching rooms (for whole class teaching) and two practice rooms (where individual lessons take place).

There are regular performances throughout the year in which students’ and staff take part both in and outside of school. Some are large-scale concerts such as the Redbridge Choral Concert at the Royal Albert Hall and other events such as Masses, recital evenings. Music is a joyful experience. We hope that through our teaching we create a stimulating and creative environment for students and staff alike.

Music is a practical subject in which students work as musicians, engaging in musical thinking. The process is intrinsic to the music curriculum; from it are derived the musical activities and programmes of study.  Three kinds of activity require musical thinking: Listening, Composing and Performing. These elements provide the foundation for the music curriculum.  Music is a universal language and as such can be enjoyed by all and accessible by all. It is the intention that students should have experience of music which encompasses a wide range of styles and cultural traditions and so lay the foundations for a lasting appreciation of music.

All students shall be given equal access and opportunity to the activities of the department and so provide stimulation and enjoyment of the subject.  Students will be encouraged to develop personal skills of self-discipline, self-motivation and co-operation in practical activities and enable students to derive satisfaction by aiming for the highest possible standards.  Students will develop an understanding of the expressive qualities of music and its ability to communicate feelings and ideas.  Students develop an awareness and appreciation of our diverse musical heritage and the music of other cultures.

Students will develop musical literacy i.e., the ability to read, write and perform music of different styles, historical periods and cultures.  Teaching strategies will recognise the individuality of each student and will encourage students to develop their full potential.  All activities will be undertaken in a manner which will allow students the opportunity to participate in a safe and fostering environment.

Aural awareness and the practical skills necessary for communication through music are of central importance and are developed at each Key Stage. Throughout all years the aim is to offer students a broad experience of different musical styles, different periods and different cultural traditions, as well as looking at the function of music within society. The emphasis is on practical work and students are strongly encouraged to use their experience gained at Key Stage 1 and 2, along with any expertise gained from instrumental lessons or in other musical activities in or outside school.  All students are encouraged to use and develop their ICT skills in music to realise their creative ideas.
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