Subject Leader: Jennifer Lowe and Elaine Judd
Link Governor: Michael Davenport (Arts)
Beaver Road Primary School is part of the Manchester Music Hub. Music Education Hubs develop a range of partnerships to deliver a wider and more coherent set of music education opportunities for all children and young people. MyHub (Manchester Music) is part of a network of organisations across England, funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and Arts Council England (ACE), who are responsible for delivering the National Plan for Music. The funding is for large group instrumental teaching in schools, providing huge opportunities for children to play together and also shine as individual performers. The music offer at Beaver Road is incredibly extensive offering Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Piano, Ukulele, Singing and Guitar. All of this alongside two choirs at the First Bulding and Juniors, there is a strong presence of music throughout the school.
Beaver Road is proud to have a Specialist Music Teacher who delivers all curriculum content. Having thorough understanding of the curriculum paired with real world and vast musical experience, such a specialist places Beaver Road above most other Primary Schools for it's musical content. This is seen in a bespoke music curriculum, written in-house by the Music Specialist Teacher. This ensures full coverage of all National Curriculum points, in a relevant and engaging way. Learning is always in context of other subjects making links where appropriate to other subject areas and supports the school development plan. It also uses current references and ensures the children are aware they are always building on previous learning. Every year group participates in a spiral curriculum, building upon all of the elements of music, every year. In year 3, all students learn the Ukulele with a visiting professional peripatetic teacher.
Junior instrumental and vocal students take part in two concerts per year (and Year 3s in one concert per year) to showcase their musicianship skills. These events are well attended by proud and joyful family members. It is always so wonderful to see the pleasure that music brings to our community.
Singing is highly valued at Beaver Road with children learning a variety of songs and styles, often making cross-curricular links with what they are learning about in class. Whole School Singing takes place on a weekly basis, and is a core part of our collective worship. The Beaver Road Choirs have many opportunities to perform at venues such as the Bridgewater Hall and Manchester Cathedral. We also go carol singing in the community at Christmas. Beaver Road pupils have been selected for many years to sing in the Blue Peter Christmas Special. This trip to media city is one of the highlights of our musical school year.