Music plays a very important role in Kyson life.
- Classroom teacher, orchestra and choir leader: Mrs Susan Rea
- Instrumental peripatetic teachers:
- Strings - Mrs Cal Fell and Mrs Katharine Joyson
- Woodwind - Mrs Lesley Clarke
- Brass - Mrs Jackie Walker.
Classroom Music Lessons
Class Music lessons at Kyson are taught by our specialist Music teacher, Mrs Susan Rea. They are based on the Kodály principles of teaching Music. This is a song-based approach to teaching music literacy- how to read and write music. Songs are sung for pleasure and also as a tool by which music theory can be learnt.
We play singing games each lesson and learn about pulse, rhythm and pitch, along with musical expression. We use percussion instruments to practise the points of musical focus we have learnt from the songs and also for improvising and composition. We listen to a range of music and use this as an inspiration for our creative work.
This approach gives the children a thorough grounding in all aspects of music theory which can then easily be transferred to the learning of an instrument.
We are very fortunate to have four peripatetic music teachers who currently teach over 100 pupils in small groups lessons. These are offered from Year 2 upwards. Instruments offered are strings, woodwind and brass, along with toots and doods-beginner flutes and clarinets.
Orchestra - We have an orchestra of between 20-35 players who rehearse every week. They work on ensemble skills and learn a range of repertoire. They showcase their talents twice a year- at the Christmas Concert and the Summer Concert. Every couple of years they have played in the Schools Week at Snape Maltings.
Choir - Choir is offered as a club throughout the year. Over the years the choir has performed at St Johns Church in a charity concert, in the Summer Concert and most recently entertained residents of Seckford Alms houses and Clarkson Court. They sing a range of different genres-songs from shows, folksongs, African songs and rounds.
Concerts and Performing Arts
- Mini-concerts take place on a termly basis. These provide an opportunity for instrumentalists to perform in front of a small audience.
- At Christmas there are many musical activities: EYFS put on a rousing Christmas Sing-a-Long and KS1 perform a production where they learn up to 8 songs and perform dances to go with them.
- Year 5 lead a concert of songs and readings. They form a 60 strong choir and their music lessons for half a term are based around learning the songs for this concert. They are joined by orchestra for congregational carols and Christmas pieces.
- Year 6 hold a ‘mince pie’ party for local residents where they sing a selection of war time songs (based around their History topic) and Christmas songs.
- Our Summer Concert is one of the main focuses of the summer term. This takes place outside and highlights the orchestra and the Year 6 instrumentalists.
- During their last half term at Kyson, Year 6 work hard to put on a fantastic production. Last year’s was the hilarious "Pirates of the Curry Bean".
- Over the years, Kyson children have performed in a variety of special one-offs, most notably Easter 2017 where a choir of Year 6 children performed in the world premiere of "Raedwald’s Return" by local composer Jana Rowland.