Music at North

At North every child has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument free of charge during the school day. In the infants children learn rhythm and how to play in a group. In the juniors they have opportunities to learn at least 3 musical instruments. Children’s success is celebrated in a season of summer concerts. Two children who have made the most of these opportunities in Year 4 will be awarded music scholarships entitling them to free instrument hire and free 1-1 lessons throughout Year 5.

A word from Mr Bosch…

“At North Primary we understand that music has the ability to help us with our mathematics. We know music can show us how to concentrate on anything our mind so desires. We are also very aware of the fact that music is the great equalizer, bringing us together from all walks of life to partake on a level playing field. The idea that music can show us how we need to interact with the world in which we live, has not escaped our attention.

But these are not the reasons we create music at North; we create music because we love to play.

For those of you who have listened to the children find their voices on violins, flutes, guitars, clarinets and saxophones, we are glad you could share our joy at creating the beginnings of a beautiful sound. Those of us have who have begun to grasp the meaning of the blues as explored through the keys of a piano; we hope you too have understood the importance of music as it reflects our lives. While many of you stayed to sing, all of us at North have found our voice and sung with joy.

For those of you who have heard the recorders groove with style, or the Big Bands swing with sophistication, or perhaps the African Drummers impart a sound that has been part of humanity since the very dawn of time. We are glad that you were able to walk with us on this small part of our journey in our desire to play.

The music we create does not belong to us, it belongs to all those who care to listen and for that we are most grateful.

It is with hope that we at North look forward to the future and the musical discoveries it may bring. While every year some of us choose an instrument for the first time, there is a always hope that many others will stay with their instruments long after they have left us to continue with that noble struggle to find an individual voice they know to be unique.

And as we at North continue to play, we remember that, ‘Music washes away the dust of everyday life’ as Art Blakey would say, or as Charlie Parker put it:

I light my fire, I greased my skillet and I cooked. “

To help practice at home, please click on the backing tracks links to the right.