We teach music because it develops a sense of group identity and togetherness, crossing all barriers of language and culture. As such, music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change how we feel, think and act.
It brings together creativity and intellect and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development and is therefore a crucial and highly valuable part of education.
It is our aim is to strengthen the relationship between pupil and music, increasing attention and involvement with music in a conscious and deliberate way. Performing, listening, appraising and composing are all at the heart of the music curriculum which is broad and exciting. In Form Two all the children learn either violin or ‘cello in class as a group.
Our motto is ‘Music for All’ and as such, each Form has a music assembly in which every child performs. There are performance opportunities at ‘Come and Play’, an informal lunchtime event where children can get used to performing in front of people and learn performance etiquette. Individual children and ensembles perform at services throughout the year, formal concerts, Crash into Christmas, House music competition, and the summer concert. We also join Oundle School for its brass and string days.
The children’s musical talent is further expressed through choirs, ensembles and groups as follows: Infant choir, Junior choir, Senior choir, Form Three strings, senior strings, Form Four brass, Form Five brass, Form Six brass, orchestra, Junior percussion, Senior percussion, African drum group, recorder group, piano duets and trios.
Laxton Junior School is an examining centre for ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and Rock school music examinations. 169 music examinations were taken last year!
The majority of pupils, in the Junior years, take individual music lessons with an extensive team of visiting music teachers, delivering approximately 220 every week on any instrument the child wishes to learn. Theory and aural is also taught.