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Music Co-ordinator: Mr M Bawn

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A highquality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


With the help of KMS (Kingston Music Service), we are delighted to announce that we will continue to use and deliver 'Charanga' training across the school. Charanga is an online tool used by all teachers across the school for the quality delivery of music in all year groups. Charanga allows for specific delivery of all areas relevant to musical development for children aged between 4 - 11, with full coverage of music national curriculum steps and expectations. The growing number of songs, instruments and topics covered within Charanga has helped make the delivery of music much more secure. 

National Curriculum Aims: 

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians 
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence 
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Music at our School

Music is enjoyed across the whole school as part of their curriculum and in Years 4 & 5 we have music specialist teachers from Kingston Music Service teaching Recorders (Y4) and Ukuleles (Y5) on a weekly basis.

In addition:

  • Once a week we have a whole school Hymns of Worship which is led by our Music Coordinator.
  • Every Christmas we sing in Kingston for the 'Turning on the lights.'
  • We have the honour of singing at the Kingston Guild Hall for the Mayor's Council Meeting
  • We have had Infant Singing Workshops led by Kingston Music Service. 
  • We perform at the Music Festival at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.
  • We have created close links with musical organisations in our area, including: K3A Orchestra, local musician Tom Speight and many more. 
  • Our school choir sing at The Royal Festival Hall for the Rhythm is the Word Choir Concert. 
  • Our students have the opportunity to take part in 'St Joseph's Got Talent' during the Spring Term and our Musical Extravaganza at the end of the Summer Term, showcasing our musical talent in St Joseph's to parents, staff and students alike. 


Private Piano Lessons

Some of our children have 1:1 Piano lessons with Mrs Grellier, a piano teacher, on a weekly basis. These lessons take place during the school day, in our school chapel, on our school piano. When the students are ready they sit their music exam with ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music). The children perform a piano concert to their parents once a year (Autumn term.)


Private Guitar Lessons

Some of our children have private 1:1 or group lesson with a guitar teacher - Mr Reeman - from KMS (Kinsgton Music Services). These lessons take place during the school day or after school on agreed days.


Private Flute Lessons

Some of our children receive private 1:1 flute lessons with Alana from KMS. These lessons take place during the school day or after school on agreed days.



Please see photos and videos below of all our musical exploits at St Joseph's. 

On Tuesday morning, the children were treated to a very special visit from singer/songwriter, Tom Speight. Tom is very well known around Kingston for his musical talent, most recently returning from a USA/Canada tour! This year, Tom released his debut album, 'Collide'. Tom treated us to a few of his own songs, Little Love and his new Christmas song, Christmas Morning. Tom has performed, and supported, some of musics biggest names, including Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney, Snow Patrol and Lewis Capaldi. Everyone absolutely loved the morning and we would like to thank Tom for spending some time with us to answer the children's questions and treat us to some of his songs.

Year 4 and 5 ukuleles and recorders having the privilege of performing with the NYO Jazz Orchestra at the Rose Theatre.

St Joseph's Got Talent 2018/19

Y5 had the honour of visiting the K3A Orchestra in Kingston, watching them perform classical pieces from composers such as Bach and Chopin

Year 5 learning a new note on their ukuleles with Mr Reeman from KMS.

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Y4 and 5 at the NYO Jazz Orchestra collaboration at the Rose Theatre

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