Participation in music provides children with a wide range of skills. Through the study of music, children at St Austin’s not only develop skills in pitch, rhythm, singing and specific musical instruments but they develop their confidence, listening skills and teamwork. Music is a very inclusive subject, and provides opportunities for all children to participate.
We believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument so, through the local authority's wider opportunities programme, we provide free ukulele lessons for children in Y3. We have regular opportunities for children to show off their skills in assemblies and concerts.
In addition to these whole-class lessons individual and small group music teaching is provided through Wakefield Local Authority's peripatetic music service. We currently offer guitar, violin, cello, percussion and brass lessons for Key Stage 2 pupils. As part of this our children are given the opportunity to attend Wakefield Music Centre every Saturday morning.
The children also have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular music activities. A choir runs all year for all KS2 children. The children have opportunities to sing in the local community and support parish events.
The Diocesan Schools Singing Programme runs weekly in school. Charlotte Kitson leads a weekly singing lesson with one KS2 class. As a result of this some of children have since joined the BKCAT Youth Choir and sing at BKCAT events. More details can be found on the Diocesan and BKCAT websites.