Year 5 Cello Upbeat Performance
Our year 5 pupils had the fantastic opportunity to perform at the Bedworth Civic Hall as part of the Summer Spectacular with Warwickshire Music. Although they only picked up a cello for the first time 10 months ago, they took to the stage in front of a sell-out audience of parents and friends to perform pieces they have been learning in their ‘upbeat’ music lessons each week here in school. The quality of their playing has impressed us all each week, and hearing them improve so rapidly has been a real joy. I cannot believe that they were non musicians this time last year after hearing how confidently they played last night. We were so proud of them and it was great to hear so many of them say they had really enjoyed the experience too!
We are keen to ensure that as many children as possible have the chance to learn to play a musical instrument in their time here at Birchwood, and through the Upbeat whole class teaching; the opportunity to play a wide range of musical instruments in small group lessons with our teaching partner Independent Music Solutions; playing together in our Playtastic Orchestra; or playing and composing in class music lessons on tuned and untuned percussion instruments. Children at Birchwood have lots of chances to get involved in music making.
Why are we so passionate about music? Well, when you learn to play an instrument it has been shown that in addition to making you happier, you are actually helping to improve your concentration, memory and your coordination, boost your maths skills, enhance your breathing skills, improve your listening, help yourself get better at managing your time, help yourself learn to be more responsible and reduce your stress levels. So all in all, it’s pretty helpful (as well as being brilliant fun and a great way to meet new people and make new friends!)