We're always keen to hear from schools on our whole class lessons and all the activities that we provide for young people. Here's some of the most recent feedback that we've received:
Percussion Workshops at Lydney C of E School with Rhydian Griffiths
"Rhydian has a natural way of working with the children and getting the best out of them. Every session was run in a punctual and professional manner. He uses various techniques to gain the children's attention and shows excellent behaviour management skills. There were no behavioural issues, despite there being some real characters in the class. Every child was fully engaged and motivated to want to do well.
It was a pleasure to watch all the children, but especially the SEN children, learn in a supportive environment which really brought out the best in them all. I was so impressed to see the SEN children who struggle in the class with other academic subjects show real skill when playing. The benefits to their self esteem cannot be overstated enough. The whole class were impressed with how they sounded. The final performance to parents and the whole school was a resounding success and I received amazing feedback from those who were there. The performance was filmed and is now on our school website. This is what music teaching and learning should look like. I really hope the school continue to use this service as it is vital for children to get such quality teaching.
I would like to thank Rhydian for his commitment and effort in getting the very best out of my class".
Mrs Jo Lo Class 4 teacher, Lydney C of E School.
Cleeve School Year 6 Induction Day
"On Monday 6th July, we had four instrumental staff from Gloucestershire Music in school for our Year 6 Induction Day. Richard Fitton-Perkins, Phil Storer, Tessa Frye and Sheila Wheeler alerted all students to their presence in school by entertaining staff and students in our Atrium at break with an impromptu ‘concert’! They also managed to encourage some brave souls to have a go on a couple of instruments despite the numbers of students watching on. At lunchtime, we had an ‘open house’ in our Recital Room where students were able to pop in and out as they wished and had the opportunity to try out a number of instruments including trumpet, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and double bass. It was certainly noisy and there were some interesting sounds coming out of some instruments, but the atmosphere was great. Lots of students then took our paperwork to apply for lessons from September. Although mainly aimed at year 6, we didn’t stop any of our older students coming and having a go too – although they were more shy! Either side of lunch, the staff ran two sessions, one with a year 6 tutor group and one with two combined year 8 classes where they did a demo of the various instruments they had available, gave the students a chance to have a go and ended with a performance. At the Year 6 Induction Evening, the feedback from the students was amazing and I had over thirty forms returned that evening – that’s over 10% of the year group and already an increase on applications from incoming year 7 last year.
Thank you very much to Richard, Phil, Tessa and Sheila for their efforts, enthusiasm and encouragement whilst working with the students throughout the day.
And thank you to Gloucestershire Music for the opportunity…"
Helen Copestake, Head of Music, Cleeve School.