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 extended services programme, we provide free music lessons for children in Y4. Children have tuition in playing the guitar. All lessons are provided by a specialist music teacher and the children are able to show off their skills in assemblies.
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.
The children also have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular music activities. A choir runs all year for all KS2 children. The children participate in “Young Voices” and take part in productions at Christmas.