Learning to play a musical instrument can be a life changing experience which could open a world of opportunity!
The innovative "Castle Rock Music Maestros" initiative was launched in September 2014. Learning to play a musical instrument, read musical notation and play as an orchestra are all tremendous skill to have, which can impact on many areas of the school curriculum as well as develop social and personal skills. At Castle Rock we not only provide free tuition but also lend instruments and even provide transport home after the lessons.
Each child has the choice to learn an instrument of either brass, string, woodwind, percussion, guitar or bass guitar. Parents and grandparents are also invited to come and join in. They will learn their instrument through musical workshops that take place every Monday after school and are facilitated by specialist peripatetic staff through the Leicestershire Schools Music Service.
Why Music Maestros?
Learning to play an instrument and read music helps with perceptual language and literacy skills, intellectual development, general attainment in creativity, personal, social and physical development and enhances wellbeing.
- Ofsted say that student involvement in music engages and re-engages students, increasing their self-esteem and maximising their progress in all aspects and subjects in their education
- Learning to play a musical instrument can be a life changing experience which can open a world of opportunity
- Music is a unique form of communication which can change the way students think, feel and act
- To provide a set of high quality instruments for students to use for the duration of the project
- To provide high quality musical experiences that support and extend the curriculum
- To provide experiences that are inclusive and accessible to pupils regardless of prior experience
- To provide students with opportunities to be involved in workshops with professional musicians
As well as learning individually, students will also develop ensemble skills by working alongside the other instrumental groups to form a symphonic orchestra. Each term there will be a performance for parents and the local community. At the end of the year there will be an opportunity to perform at the prestigious De Montfort Hall.