Children at St Stephens’ enjoy music making through a wealth of opportunities. There are many platforms for performance from our regular concerts and events to more informal musical performances in assemblies and the classroom. Children are able to join a variety of after school and lunchtime Music Clubs and many children have instrumental lessons.
Bath and North East Somerset Local Authority Music Hub (BaNES) provide in-school instrumental lessons.
We currently have visiting teachers for: violin; piano/keyboard; french horn and guitar.
If your child is interested in learning an instrument which is not listed here, please contact the school, FAO Laura Maddaford.
Music clubs run on a weekly basis throughout the year, and children can sign up through our extra curricular programme. Please see below for clubs currently offered; more details can be found on the website under the extra-curricular link
Musical Club: Thursdays after school (Years 3-6) This club runs from January to July and culminates in a wonderful original extravaganza of singing, dance and drama!
Year 6 Rock Band: A fantastic opportunity for our older musicians to jam and perform together.
Orchestra Club: Tuesdays 2.30-3.10pm. Open to all children in years 3-6, who play an instrument. This year we performed in the Abbey!
Year 3 Recorder Club: Friday lunchtimes (Years 3 and 4) Children enjoy making progress on the recorder through games, tunes and performing at school fairs.
Years 4 to 6 Recorder Club: Tuesday lunchtimes (Years 5 and 6) For a little more advanced recorder players.
Year 1 and 2 Music Club: Fridays after school. A club with the emphasis on having fun whilst learning about the building blocks of music.
Choir: Thursdays after school in the autumn. The choir are always a highlight at our Carols by Candlelight concert.
Musical Performances take place through the year. The run up to Christmas is a lively time for music making at St Stephens from the services at St Stephens church to the Carols by Candlelight evening. The Musical is the major performance event at the end of the year, running for three nights in the summer term. Our Summer Instrumental concert provides an opportunity for children learning an instrument to showcase their talent. Meanwhile, the Christmas and Summer fairs provide an informal opportunity for the various musical groups and clubs to play and show parents what they have been learning throughout the year.
In year 2, children have 20 weeks of whole class recorder lessons and Year 4 children have 20 weeks of ukelele lessons. This is led by Jeni Reid and funded jointly by the school and PTFA. Sessions take place on Friday mornings and are an opportunity for all children to engage in the experience of learning an instrument. In these music sessions children start to learn to play the recorder as well as taking part in composing and improvising activities, listening and responding to a wide variety of music and starting to learn how to read music.
Andy Bowman also teaches music through whole class ukelele lessons as part of Wonderful Wednesdays. These fortnightly sessions provide every child from Years 1 to 6 the opportunity to learn to play the ukelele while exploring various aspects of the music curriculum.
In class, we use the online Charanga resource to support class teaching of music.