Our Vision

At Bewick Bridge we seek to provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop skills and appreciate a wide variety of musical forms. We aim to encourage children’s understanding and enjoyment of music through an active involvement in listening, composing, improvising and performing, providing the opportunity for children to develop their individual skills, sharing experience and cooperating with others, and to help children to develop an awareness of musical traditions from a variety of cultures. We employ a digital approach to learning that embraces modern technologies which are current and relevant to young musicians while providing the opportunity to develop transferable computing and programming skills.

How we plan and teach music

Music lessons at Bewick Bridge take palce in a dedicated music room. Music at Bewick Bridge is taught in partnership with NORCA and Sistema which is an educational charity that works to transform the lives of children and young people through participation in music, seeking to help children realise their potential and succeed across all areas of their lives. Our music curriculum, which has been developed by NORCA and Sistema, is based on the National Curriculum and inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan music programme that has over 30 years’ experience of how a music programme can both create great musicians and dramatically change the life trajectory of children. This approach provides a rich and progressive spiral of musical activity drawing of their experience as well as a whole range of other ideas and approaches, including conventional music education, community music practice, Dalcroze, Suzuki, and others.

In Bewick Bridge, children are encouraged to begin peripatetic music lessons with teachers from either Sistema or Rock Steady. Sistema offer lessons in a range of classical instruments including violin, trumpet and clarinet, whereas teachers from Rock Steady, provide children the choice of learning to play an electric guitar, keyboard, drums or vocals and then playing together in a band.

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