Purpose of Music

Music is a fun and practically taught subject at Roysia. It is a subject where all are given the opportunity to succeed. We aim to engage and inspire all pupils to develop a love of music and their talents as musicians, and so increase their confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.


All pupils receive a weekly (one hour) music lesson delivered by the subject leader. Pupils undertake a series of integrated projects which follow the aims of the National Curriculum ensuring that all:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions
  • Sing, learn musical instruments, improvise and compose their own music
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated

Every music lesson is practical and the emphasis from the very first day is about developing pupil skills, talents and abilities. In Year 5, pupils are immediately engaged in singing activities and move through learning about the ‘basics’ of music with the Musical Elements and Pulse and Rhythm projects. Pitch and notation are then explored through Ocarina, Recorder and Keyboard whole class instrumental teaching projects with learning culminating in exploring music from different styles and genres.

In Year 6 all children begin the year by learning either the trumpet or the clarinet. This continues in the form of small group lessons after Christmas. During the year pupils understand, perform and compose in a variety of styles including those as far ranging as Balinese Gamelan, Classical Variations and British Folk Music.

In Year 7 pupils continue to develop new instrumental skills, including those on the Ukulele. Projects are also followed to increase fluency and accuracy on instruments introduced in previous years. Further styles, genres and traditions are explored including The Blues, Jazz, The Classical Period and Brazilian Samba.

In Year 8 there is an increasing emphasis on the inter-related dimensions of music and pupils continue to develop their understanding, performing and composing through further musical styles including Reggae, Film Music, Impressionism, African Drumming, Minimalism and Popular Song.

 Autumn SpringSummer
Year 5The ElementsPulse and RhythmOcarinasRecordersThe KeyboardInstruments of The Orchestra
Year 6Trumpets /ClarinetProgramme MusicGamelanFolk MuicVariations
Year 7The Blues, Ragtime and JazzUkuleleSamba/StompFanfaresMozartSong Writing
Year 8ReggaeFilm MusicImpressionismAfrican Drumming/ Minimalism Cover Songs/Musical Futures

Music is at the heart of our school and is an inclusive subject where all children are given the opportunity to perform.Performance

  • All classes and extra curricular groups perform at the Summer and Christmas Concerts. Both events usually culminate in a fantastic massed whole school performance.
  • In Year 5, all pupils experience the delights of singing in a ‘real concert hall’ by taking part in the Barnardo’s Charity Concert at The Royal Albert Hall.
  • We perform in the Royston Arts Festival every September
  • A number of children take part in the Rotary Club Annual Youth Makes Music Concert at the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
  • We perform in a variety of other community events. In the past year these have included singing at the Mayor’s Civic Reception, Tesco’s Christmas Event, Town Twinning Celebratory Concert and many more

Learning an Instrument

In addition to the curriculum outlined above, many pupils take up the opportunity to learn an instrument with one of our Hertfordshire instrumental peripatetic staff. A wide variety of instrumental tuition is available covering all strings, guitar, woodwind, percussion and brass. Singing lessons are also available. Lessons take place during the normal school day but are on a strict rota system so that pupils do not miss the same lesson each week. As instrumental tuition is additional to, and outside the school curriculum, fees are charged however pupils whose parents are in receipt of income support may be eligible for free instrumental lessons.

Further information on learning an instrument can be obtained from Mrs Mitchell. The form to request instrumental tuition can be downloaded from here.

Many of our pupils take the opportunity to develop their skills whilst also enjoying music making outside a classroom environment. All of these are free to attend. A wide range of clubs are offered and well supported.

Lunch After School
Monday School Choir
Tuesday Upper School Singers
Wednesday Recorders Orchestra


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