Key Stage 2 Classroom Music:
Extending Instrumental Choice - Strings and Wind
Strings and MiniStrings: recommended for Year 2, 3 or 4
Winds: recommended for Year 4 or 5
Cost per term: £924.00 for 10 one hour sessions per term, other session lengths pro rata
Staffing: Two CMA teachers
Our authentic model of music making gives children choice of a wide range of instruments through our Strings and Winds programmes. They learn on instruments specially designed for younger players (small size violins and cellos, plastic trumpets and trombones and chalumeau).
By using a combination of parental contributions, Pupil Premium funding and CMA one term discount for each class in a year group, schools can provide the two teacher Strings and Winds programmes for the cost of one teacher.
CMA reports and Croydon Music Stars achievement provide evidence of the attributes gained through music which research has shown contributes to academic achievement (see Professor Sue Hallam’s, The Power of Music). School music staff can cross check the development of those attributes with classroom teachers to gather evidence of impact for the use of Pupil Premium funding.
Two for the Price of One, and FREE Instruments!
Specialist Instrumental / Vocal Tuition and Esembles
Pupils in our whole class programmes, and their parents and carers, are kept informed of possible future learning opportunities. This includes the instruments which can be learnt in their school, the beginner Star Classes available centrally for any instruments not available in school, and the ensembles and choir at Croydon Young Musicians (CYM), our Saturday morning music centre.
Star Classes are available on violin, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet/trombone and classical guitar. Pupils progress to Star 3 through specialist tuition in large groups taught by a CMA teacher with the assistance of a student Instrumental Teaching Assistant. Classes take place at CMA music centres and twilight sessions in schools in different areas of Croydon. Access is open to anyone at Key Stage 2, whether or not they are already learning the instrument. It is specifically targeted at those who have enjoyed a term in the Strings or Winds programmes or who wish to learn an instrument not available in school. The use of heterophonic repertoire enables classes to cover more than one progression cycle.
Pupils can learn keyboard and contemporary guitar through Sound Progress and online learning. Oboe, bassoon, French horn and double bass are taught at the CMA Endangered Species Centre.
To complete the options for a child to learn any instrument they wish, CMA offers centralised paired and individual lessons beyond Star 3 for any instrument not taught in school, including voice (as an extension of singing in Sound Progress) and piano (as an extension from keyboard in Sound Progress).
Croydon Young Musicians on Saturday mornings includes ensembles and a choir from Star 1 upwards, for all instruments and all styles of music. The twilight Star Classes can be an additional ensemble opportunity or an alternative where children are not able to attend on Saturday mornings.
Progression in small group / individual tuition and ensembles is encouraged through: