At Stormont School we seek to give children the tools to access and appreciate music and to inspire and enable them to make their own. We believe that music plays an integral part of a child’s development, and that it allows them to have a platform to express themselves. Music is a universal language with holistic links to all school subjects, and here at Stormont School we encourage children to explore, create and communicate so we can nurture and help build their confidence.
In lessons we sing, play tuned/un-tuned percussion and from year 2, learn specific instruments such as the recorder, ukulele and steel pan drums. We listen to a wide range of music, looking at elements such as rhythm, timbre, pitch, dynamics, texture and duration. In response to listening, we move, clap, improvise and compose. From year 1 children are exposed to different forms of notation through the Kodaly method, TAB and chord diagrams, graphic scoring and different levels of staff notation depending on their experiences.
Also from year 2, peripatetic lessons are available. We currently offer individual lessons for the piano, violin, cello, flute, recorder, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, trumpet, French horn, trombone, guitar, bass guitar, drum kit and voice. Throughout the school year, music is celebrated with concerts, shows, performances, assemblies and our annual Carol Service. At Stormont School children have the option to take exams through the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.