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 Mrs Pryce, 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 believe in giving the children the skills they need to become a musician, whether professionally or for enjoyment. From EYFS up, children are taught to read standard notation and this is used regularly in lessons. In KS2 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.
Challenge Partners Area of Excellence
In March 2019, St Mary and St Pancras School was acknowledged nationally as having Music as an Area of Excellence in our school. We are very proud of this achievement and feel it reflects the high quality of music that happens in our school every day.
Wider Opportunities in Music
Every child in Years 5 & 6 class learns a brass instrument as part of the Wider Opportunities in Music Programme. 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.
We believe that singing forms the basis of good music education and so every music lesson incorporates whole class singing. As a school, singing forms an important part of our school community. We regularly invite families in to attend our class assemblies and also to take part in our weekly singing assemblies.
There are many music activities children can be involved in outside of curriculum lessons at St Mary and St Pancras School.
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 having recently performed in the Camden Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall in March. We enjoy showcasing our choir at every major school event. We often sing at corporate events, especially around Christmas time so please get in contact with our school office if you are interested in us performing for you.
Recorder Ensemble meets once a week to rehearse together. Children who are achieving highly in their recorder playing are invited to join.
We have a set of steel pans in our school and these are used frequently in our curriculum music lessons when KS2 children get to play as part of a whole class steel pan band. We also welcome other Camden schools to come in and have workshops using the steel pans.
We offer children the chance to join our after school Drumming and Percussion club and our Guitar club. Both of these clubs perform regularly in school assemblies. You will have a chance to sign up for these at the start of each term.
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 for pupils in years 1-6.
Strings – violin, guitar, ukulele
Woodwind – recorder, fife, flute, clarinet, saxophone
Brass – trumpet, trombone, euphonium, baritone, tenor horn
Piano/keyboard and Musicianship Theory
If you would like advice on which instrument is best for your child to learn, please arrange to speak with Mrs Waller-Box or Mrs Pryce.
To register for these lessons, please click here https://www.camden.gov.uk/camdens-music-service
Three members of our music team are qualified ABRSM Music Medals Teacher Assessors. We offer these assessments as appropriate to children who are showing aptitude and independence on their instrument.
Please speak to our music team if you would like more information about these.
Camden Music Service Partnership
We encourage our young musicians to make music outside of school by joining the Camden Music Service Ensembles. Musicians from St Mary and St Pancras school are members of Camden Superblast, Superstring and Super Toot which take place every half term.
Camden Music also run an extensive Saturday morning centre where children of all ages can take part in a range of music making activities from learning an instrument to singing in a choir or playing in an ensemble.
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: https://www.camden.gov.uk/camdens-music-service
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, Hold the Drama, the CLC, the Aurora Orchestra and most recently, Opera Concordia. The RAM provides us with high quality composition workshops which culminate in performances in their Dukes Hall at the Academy. We greatly value these partnerships as they enable us offer a broad music curriculum to pupils.