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Using different mediums we use a range of stimuli to aid our work including; song-writing, improvisation, composition, recording, poetry and compliment skills in other creative activities such as dance and drama.

Where appropriate we can also offer one to one musical tuition on a range of instruments including; acoustic / electric guitar, bass guitar and drums.

In class we also access tuned and un-tuned percussion, keyboards, graphic and standard music notation while exploring a range of repertoire from popular and folk music to classical and rock.

Opportunities are also available to work towards an Arts Award and play in an ensemble from rock bands to the school samba band.

We also link in with other organisations to access their provision and performance opportunities, these include the Philharmonic school concerts, DADA (Disability And Deaf Arts) and Youth Music.

Music at Bank View

Music at Bank View High happens on a number of levels. It is seen as a primary source of communication so we explore the full range of expression from therapeutic music sessions to the full implementation of a tailored national curriculum.

The emphasis is on practical musicianship; building skills to become a fully rounded musician with the confidence to play solo and the sensibilities to be able to participate in ensemble playing.

Following a framework based on Kodály, Dalcroze and Musical Futures methodologies we enable students to gain a solid grounding in the basic concepts of music such as pulse, rhythm and pitch. Through singing, music games and instrumental work students develop their fine and gross motor skills and general coordination along with developing their inner hearing. Students also benefit from the usual skills that music provides such as attention and listening, pattern recognition, language development, social interaction and invention (composition).

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