The summer holiday hunt for more peripatetic teachers to deliver instrumental lessons has allowed two things to happen. Our instrumental offer has increased; children now have the opportunity to learn more instruments than ever, and secondly, as a result, the number of children having tuition has increased dramatically. This is fantastic for all our young aspiring musicians, and it is a very positive investment in the future of the arts at Brabyns. We can start a serious band or orchestra, a ukulele or guitar group, as well as all the other clubs our visiting teachers are willing to deliver.
Children engaging in musical activities, in particular ensembles has so many benefits; teamwork and collaboration, improved musicianship, the fostering of responsibility, and the strong sense of belonging. The vast uptake of instrumental and drama lessons this year is to be celebrated, long may it continue!
The school also had the opportunity to update and buy some new equipment for the Performing Arts Department. We now have twenty ukuleles for whole class tuition, as well as several new brass instruments to support new learners, a box of nursery friendly percussion, and a cajon. What a fantastic sight it has been to see (and hear) children so keen to engage in general music lessons during this first half term.
Thank you to the BPA for supporting the arts at school and funding some of our new gear. If your child ever fancies a trial lesson with one of our peripatetic teachers, please get in touch with Mr Hall.
Marc Hall, October 2019