Music plays a very important role in Kyson life. Please click here to listen to Sofia and Bella, two of our brilliant Music Ambassadors.
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.