Music at St Mary and St Pancras


St Mary and St Pancras School has a thriving music department led by our Head of Music Mrs Deirdre Waller-Box. Every class from Nursery up to Year 6 receives a specialist music lesson once a week taught by our specialist music team.
In addition to our music teachers Mrs Waller-Box and Mr Charles-Nelson, we have 6 visiting tutors from the Camden Music Service working in our school teaching one-to-one peripatetic music lessons. This means that every day at St Mary and St Pancras, you will hear music being taught, learnt and performed throughout the school.

Our Music Curriculum

Our Music Curriculum follows the National Curriculum objectives. We believing in giving the children the skills they need to become a musician, whether professionally or for enjoyment. From Foundation stage up, children are taught to read standard notation and this is used regularly in lessons especially in KS2 where every child learns to play an instrument with their class. In Years 3 and 4, this is the recorder, in Years 5 & 6, brass instruments.
All children from Nursery up are given regular opportunities to compose music in their lessons and to perform to their peers. We believe that singing forms the basis of good music education and so every music lesson incorporates whole class singing.

Wider Opportunities in Music

Every child in Years 5 & 6 class learns a brass instrument as part of the Wider Opportunities in Music Programme in addition to their curriculum music lesson. The children have a band lesson once a week in which they rehearse in sections and then come together to form a band. These sessions are led by our Head of Music and supported by visiting Camden Music tutors.

Extra-curricular Music

There are many music activities children can be involved in outside of curriculum lessons at St Mary and St Pancras School.

Choir

We have two choirs in our school, one for our Infants and one for Juniors. Both our choirs love to perform with the Junior Choir currently preparing to perform at the Camden Music Festival. We enjoy showcasing our choir at every major school event. We often sing at corporate events especially around Christmas time so please get in touch with our school office if you be interested in us performing for you.

Recorder Ensemble

Recorder Ensemble meets once a week to rehearse together. Children who are achieving highly in their recorder playing are invited to join.

Steel Pans

We have a set of steel pans in our school and a visiting tutor who comes in once a week to work with our steel pan bands.

Ukulele Club

We have an after school ukulele club that children are given the opportunity to sign up for at the start of each term.

Peripatetic lessons

We offer peripatetic lessons on a range of instruments at St Mary and St Pancras School. These lessons are taught during school time by visiting Camden Music Service tutors.
Instruments offered:
Strings – violin, guitar, ukulele
Woodwind – recorder, fife, flute, clarinet, saxophone
Brass – trumpet, trombone, euphonium, baritone, tenor horn
Piano/keyboard, Musicianship Theory and Voice
If you would like advice on which instrument is best for your child to learn, please arrange to speak with Mrs Waller-Box or Mr Charles-Nelson. Registration forms for lessons can be downloaded here.

Gifted and Talented

We support our Gifted and Talented Musicians in our school through the addition of extra one-to-one lessons where children have the opportunity to sit external examinations, leadership roles in music throughout the school and through differentiated lesson planning. We also encourage all children on our Gifted and Talented register to attend our ensembles and choirs and to participate in external music making activities as is appropriate to their ability.

Camden Music Service Half Term Courses

We encourage our young musicians to make music outside of school by joining the Camden Music Service Ensembles. We have children in our school who are now members of Superblast!, Supertoot, Superstring, Superstrike, Superstrum, Camden Philhamonia and the Camden Philharmonic Band. These ensembles are a stepping stone into the senior bands and orchestras in Camden and provide opportunity to further ensemble playing skills. For further information regarding these, please speak to Mrs Waller-Box or look on the Camden Music website – www.camdenmusic.org

Musical Partnerships

In order to enrich our music provision even further, we partner with some fantastic local music organisations such as the Camden Music Hub, Royal Academy of Music and most recently, Drake Music. The RAM provides us with high quality composition workshops which culminate in performances in their Dukes Hall at the Academy. We are looking forward to working with Drake Music and Swiss Cottage School on our new project using Assistive Music Technology to enable inclusive music making. We are also very excited this year to be able to be a part of the Proms Praise for Schools performance at the Royal Albert Hall.