Musical opportunities abound at Clifton High.
Having learnt about the elements of music in KS1, the children in KS2 further develop their understanding of the elements and begin to compose using graphic scores and eventually traditional notation. Year groups begin to learn about music technology that can enhance and manipulate sounds they hear and digitally recording compositions enables the children to assess the work they have completed. Different topics range from describing animal movements through music and African percussion music to the music of the gamelan and composition using PC sound processing programmes.
The weekly class music lesson is complemented by year group and Key Stage singing lessons in which children learn songs from different parts of the world, traditional songs and songs from different genres. Children can enjoy individual tuition on an instrument of their choice and there is a Junior Orchestra, a Wind Ensemble, a Steel Pan group, a Junior Choir, a Chamber Choir and after-school or lunchtime clubs including Music Technology, Recorder and Djembe drumming.
Children perform in assemblies, the Christmas performance and a whole Lower School Concert.
Music lessons takes place in a purpose built music room with access to a wide range of classroom instruments, steel pans, electronic instruments and digital music technology. The interactive whiteboard enhances teaching and learning throughout all lessons.
There are practice rooms where individual instrumental lessons take place and a performance hall with tiered seating.
Music is an important component of life at Clifton High that is enjoyed enormously by the children.