Music is taught to Key Stage 3 via a lesson a week with our music teacher, Mr Matt Fox. Pupils are given the opportunity to use the djembe drums, kit drums and learn about pitch, rhythm and melody. They also use a range of pitched and metal percussion.
In Key Stage 4 we continuing to build on the foundation laid whilst working with the Essex SEND Brighter Futures Music Project. During the Music Tech options lessons, pupils are afforded the opportunity to learn how to use iPad technology to create and record their compositions.
We think it is vital for pupils to have the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument and look forward to the day when we can introduce the St Nicholas School Band!
We are delighted this year to be offering the chance for a number of our pupils to have 1:1 music tuition. So far we have had a great deal of interest in learning the drums (Thursday) and guitars where pupils have the opportunity to learn to play the acoustic/electric/base guitars as part of our Friday afternoon free choice provision.
The School Choir is now in its fourth year. During that time we have given performances at the Cliffs Pavilion, London Palladium, local care homes and at our annual Carol Service and Summer Fete. The choir currently numbers 25 pupils aged 11-16 and all pupils are welcome to join, regardless of singing experience.
On March 1st we took part in Southend Makes Music at the Palace Theatre which is a musical celebration with performance from local secondary schools in Southend. We sang a range of contemporary songs with some amazing solo performances. Although the pupils were quite nervous, it was a night to remember with many compliments paid to our pupils for their amazing performance. Well done!