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St Teresa’s School

St Teresa’s
School

Catholic Independent School and Pre-School
for Children aged 3-11

Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire HP27 0JW
Tel: 01844 345005 Email: office@st-teresas.bucks.sch.uk

Music

Music has been an inspiration to me throughout my entire life and this is something I feel honoured to be sharing with the pupils at St Teresa’s. Music allows children to express themselves in ways sometimes words or actions cannot. To be inspired and touched by music is in all of us. Our job as educators is to encourage this and it’s something I am proud to say we do very well at St Teresa’s. The importance of sharing, team work, listening and gaining confidence through performance are skills and opportunities offered to our children to embrace and nourish whatever their strengths.

Mrs Adams, Head of Music
  • Every child has a weekly class music lesson from Pre-school to Year Six
  • Every child has Hymn Practice weekly (Reception children join us in the Trinity Term)
  • Masses take place for the whole school termly as well as for Key Stage Two once a term and for Key Stage One in the form of a termly ‘celebration’.

We also offer the following:

MUSIC CLUBS

Club Day & Time Experience
Orchestra

Monday 

12:45-13:20

(Key Stage Two)

Children must be having instrumental lessons either in or out of school and ideally should have been learning for at least a year.

There is no extra cost for this club.

Percussion Club

Tuesday

4:00-4:30

(Invitation only)

A good sense of rhythm!

£10 donation per term which goes towards the purchase of new percussion instruments.

CHOIRS

Choir Day & Time Experience

Senior

Choir

Tuesday

12:55-13:20

(Key Stage Two)

Children are invited to join the Senior Choir if they have shown great enthusiasm and commitment in class singing and have a natural singing voice.

Professional behaviour is expected at all times as the Senior Choir perform within the local community regularly throughout the school year.

Singing at local care homes, the Christmas Lights switch on in the Market Square as well as the renowned and respected Princes Risborough Festival, our performances go from strength to strength.

There is no extra cost for this.

INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS

We have an excellent group of instrumental teachers available to teach the following instruments during the school day:

Instrument

Teacher

Guitar

Ms Catherine Wells

Piano

Mrs Liz Terrett

Violin

Mrs Liz Terrett

Drum Kit

Mrs Dawne Adams

These lessons are currently available to children in Key Stage Two and timetabled on a weekly rotation.

Please note the updated requirements below:

  • Tutors now require half a term’s notice in writing to start or stop lessons. If not enough notice is not given, parents will be required to pay for the following term's lessons.
  • Costs are agreed and invoiced directly by the tutors.
  • Children are required to attend their lessons on time. The future of these lessons may become compromised if tutors repeatedly have to collect, or remind the children about their lessons.
  • Please indicate as soon as possible if you would like your child to begin learning any of the instruments listed as there are limited places available.
  • Please note that tutors are not required to make up lessons if children are out of school due to a sports fixture on the same day/time as their scheduled instrumental lesson. This also applies if a school trip is scheduled after the start of the current term.

Peripatetic Performance Guidelines for Parents and Pupils

This information is designed to outline the performance opportunities available to all children at St Teresa’s. It is also a guide for parents so that they are able to support children on their musical journey during their time at the school.

Children are given the opportunity to perform whether they are having peripatetic instrumental lessons in or outside of school. We do encourage children to inform us if they are having instrumental lessons privately, as we may not otherwise be aware of this.

Performing in Class

Every child is encouraged to perform to their class during class music lessons. This is encouraged from Reception to Year 6, even if they are not having private instrumental lessons. Children are always encouraged but never pressured to perform.

Performing at Assembly

Music Exam certificates are awarded in assemblies and the children are invited to perform one of their exam pieces if they wish.

‘Peri Concerts’

We have three ‘Peri Concerts’ throughout the school year, one each term.

  • Advent – Advanced (Grade 2, 3 and upwards)
  • Lent – Intermediate (Grade 1 standard)
  • Trinity – Beginners (Children who have taken up their instrument during the academic year)

Dates for these concerts are listed on the school calendar at the start of each term.

This is open to all children having instrumental lessons in or outside of school, and is by invitation only. Children are encouraged to play thier chosen pieces to the Head of Music so that they can be supported to have a positive performing experience. Letters will be sent out with reply slips to invite children in these categories to perform.

 

Other Musical Events

Performing Arts Day

Children in Year Five and Year Six are invited to perform solo pieces at this event that takes place every other year. All other children throughout the school are also encouraged to perform as part of a class piece.

Children will need to audition to perform as this platform is for the more advanced musician.

We hope by setting a high standard, it will encourage the younger children to aim high!

House Music Competition

Children in Key Stages One and Two are invited to perform as part of their House in this competition and will be awarded points towards their House’s overall score.

Our last House Music Competition followed the format of creating a live radio programme during which the children had to deliver live music and present the links to informative facts about their chosen music items!

As well as all of the above, children may be invited to perform at public events such as our school Advent Service or Prize Giving.

We also encourage all school musicians to join the Senior Choir and to work towards joining the Orchestra when they have been learning their instrument for at least a year.

I hope this information helps towards your child’s musical development with us at the school.

We are always keen to support children in any way we can but we do encourage commitment and practice as much as possible in order to work towards the performance opportunities as laid out above.