Music is a quintessential element of our bilingual education ethos as singing in French is part of our daily routines and seasonal celebrations from Reception onwards. We are currently developing musicianship at St. Jérôme by including some of the ideas of Zoltán Kodály, a Hungarian composer and educator who said:
“Let us take our children seriously! Everything follows from this…. only the best is good enough for a child!’”
Kodály believed in developing the inner ear through singing exercises that follow hand signals for each note of the scale and repeating rhythmic patterns with sounds. This links very well with our approach to language acquisition and as stated in the National Curriculum, we agree that ”Music is a universal language.”
At St. Jérôme we are proud to have been recognised by Music Mark, following our nomination from Harrow Music Service in 2021 in recognition of a commitment to providing a high-quality music education for all children.
Music Mark is the UK Association for Music Education; they champion and support access to music for all children and young people.
“Music Mark works to enable our members, and the wider music education sector, to deliver high-quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people. We would like to thank you for all the hard work your school does to support our collective vision.” – Music Mark
At St. Jérôme we follow the award winning Charanga Original Music Scheme to enable us to deliver the National Curriculum for Music.
Please see the Music Curriculum Map which shows what we are working on each term and how we use our skills learnt in the classroom to perform at school events.
Half-termly knowledge organisers – available on google classroom.
We are very pleased that all children in Year 3 are given the opportunity to learn African drumming for one term, with lessons provided by Harrow Music Service.
In addition to this, all KS2 children are invited to receive 1:1/small group instrumental tuition until they leave St. Jérôme in Y6. We are delighted that we currently have 130 children learning an instrument in school with others learning outside of school. We estimate that over 70% of KS2 children now play an instrument.
Tuesday: Guitar and Drums
Wednesday: Piano and Violin
Thursday: Keyboard, piano, violin and woodwind
Friday: Violin, cello and trumpet
Parents can find useful information and resources regarding instrumental ensembles on Harrow Music Services website https://www.harrowmusic.org/
Clubs and Extracurricular Opportunities
Over the last year, we have set up a large number of clubs to reflect our commitment to the Creative Arts, taking place before, during and after the school day.
- KS2 Orchestra
- KS1&2 Recorder Ensembles
- KS2 Choir
- KS1 French Choir
- KS1 Ballet
- KS2 Drama Club
- KS2 Language of Music Club
All children take part in regular singing both in the classroom and as part of worship. The standard of singing in school is high which has enabled instrumental tuition to progress quickly despite the interruption caused by Covid. Over the last year we have been delighted to take part in many live events for the first time for St. Jérôme as well as returning to our established performances for parents.
- Harvest and Christmas services led by the choir and orchestra
- School Nativity performances
- Regular performances by KS2 musicians in assembly
- KS2 Spring Concert featuring all our ensembles and choirs
- Borough festivals such as Bandfest, Recorderfest, Songfest and Stringfest for our instrumentalists and all of Y5 to participate in conjunction with Harrow Music Service
- KS1 Sing, sing, sing
- KS2 Piano Recital
- Harrow School’s production of Noye’s Fludde which included 18 members of Y5 performing in their Speech Room
- French Institute Pop Video Song Competition – won for the 2nd year running in the 7 to 11 year olds category: here are the links STJ National 2021 Winner 7-11 and STJ National 2022 Winner 7-11.