Music is highly valued at Boscastle School. Learning about music and having the opportunity to play musical instruments and sing together is a vital part of the rich and rounded education we aim to provide. Music is facilitated by classroom teachers, specialist teachers, professional performers and the Cornwall Music Hub enabling children to increase their knowledge and understanding, develop their skills, confidence and expression in music through singing and playing simple melodic instruments, tuned and un-tuned percussion; exploring sounds, and active and passive listening. The benefits of music have also been proven and play a key role in brain development because it helps with the nurturing of language, motor skills, emotional intelligence and collaboration skills. Singing can improve pupils’ learning, confidence, health and social development.

Music is at the heart of our school, the wider community of our village and our county, which has a rich heritage based on music and singing. We want all children to have a wide range of musical opportunities during their time here at Boscastle, through combination of classroom teaching, instrumental and vocal tuition, opportunities to play in ensembles and the chance to learn from professional musicians. Staff at Boscastle share a love of music, they maintain the school’s musical traditions as well as identify new opportunities to extend music experiences for all children. Our music curriculum includes opportunities to play musical instruments, to sing, to listen and appraise, to compose, to read and write music and to perform. We aim for equality of opportunity for all pupils, regardless of their levels of musical talent, language, parental income, whether they have special educational needs or disabilities, and whether they are looked after children. 

Our hope is as children move on into secondary education and adult life, they will continue to enjoy engaging in music which may be through continued instrumental tuition, joining a band or ensemble, singing in a choir and fostering a lifelong love of music.

Music at Boscastle includes:

  • Each class participate in weekly Ukulele lessons with Mr Rix 
  • String instrument tuition with Barbara Degener every Tuesday afternoon
  • Guitar tuition with Tom every Friday morning
  • Spring Term 2023: Class 2 weekly drumming lessons with Kate Tidball from First Access
  • Whole school Summer Play/ musical performed annually to our families and local community at the end of the summer term
  • Carol Service held at Forrabury Church at the end of the autumn term
  • Each year, Year 6 children perform in regional the  Songfest concert where they join choirs from other schools to come together for the performance.
  • Cornwall Music Festival – our string ensemble joining with other school groups in an orchestra to perform in the Truro Methodist Church.  
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