At Westacre Middle School, we aim to inspire children to develop their creative skills musically. Children learn through reading music, playing a variety of instruments, as well as listening and responding to music. Currently, in Year 5 we begin to teach children to read music through learning to play a recorder. In Year 6, they continue to learn to read music whilst learning to play the steel pan drums. In Year 7, they continue to build on their previous learning through learning to play a keyboard, which is taught by a teacher from Droitwich High School. In addition, each Year group has access to many other instruments during their journey at Westacre.
We have private music lessons available to children: individually or in a small group, which include piano/keyboard, guitar, drums, as well as other potential instruments. We have a strings group taught by a teacher from the local High School. At lunchtimes, there are opportunities for children to pop into the Music Room to practise playing instruments. In addition, we are very proud of our school choir, which is currently led by Helen Jones during a lunchtime.
We provide a variety of opportunities for children to perform to a larger audience: local Droitwich Festivals, Droitwich 'Christmas light switch on; local library, Christmas Showcase, Eisteddfod, Big Sing, Droitwich Sings held in the Cathedral.
Here are some images from our recent prospectus photoshoot. This shows the steel pan drums that the children use (in Year 6) and the boom whackers. A boom whacker club will start in September 2021!
In Year 5, we enjoyed doing some research on instruments from the Western Classical Orchestra, before learning all about Ravi Shankar and how he played his sitar with them.