Music at Rhyl
Music is an integral part of our curriculum offer at Rhyl. Our facilities and resources are excellent and include a recording studio as well as a dedicated music room with a full time specialist music teacher. We are proud to be a Music Mark School.
Music lessons begin in Nursery with a weekly music lesson in the Music room, as well as musical learning sessions that involve both parents and children. From Reception to Year 6, every child takes part in a compulsory weekly music lesson led by our music teacher. In Year 4 children learn to play the ukulele which they celebrate in performances throughout the year.
We believe that the key to successful and happy musicians is sharing music with each other. As well as whole class lessons, we have an abundance of extracurricular music available. At Rhyl, we provide instrumental lessons to children who show commitment and progress in their chosen instrument. These include:
A class set of iPads means that all children can create their own music and share it in class, but also in their free time at school.
We have a thriving school orchestra and two choirs as well as an award winning rock band and ensemble groups in Key Stage 2.
Our state of the art music studio enables children to record and sell termly albums that showcase their talent. It also means we are able to broadcast our Rhyl Radio show live every Friday lunchtime.
Below are links to some great resources you can use at home.
DAILY SINGING ASSEMBLY
A fun list of concerts for families ranging from Stevie Wonder to the Royal Ballet’s version of Peter and the Wolf – Family Friendly Concerts
David Bowie narrating Peter and the Wolf
Listen to music made for film and television – BBC Ten Pieces ‘Trail Blazers’
The Remarkable Farkle McBride – An introduction to the instruments of the orchestra
Meet the instruments of the orchestra – with Bleeckie (the muppet)
The London Sinfonietta’s Channel with videos and competitions. They specialise in modern classical and experimental music – London Sinfonietta
A film of Rhyl pupils performing A New Created World at the Royal Albert Hall
Dabbledoo Music provide a great list of musical activities from listening to music to making instruments and more – Dabbledoo Music
Beat Goes On – Loads of fun body percussion activities on Youtube
Hand Clapping Games – Songs with Body Percussion (aimed at pairs working together)
Pass the Sound is a YouTube channel full of practical musical challenges: singing, body percussion, listening and lots more ways to build your musical skills – Pass the Sound
Downs Primary Music Website – lots of activities/warm-ups and more
KS1 Call & Response song – My Aunt Came Back part 1 and My Aunt Came Back part 2
YEAR 2 Pitch Names Singing Challenges (so and mi)
YEAR 1/2/3 Tinker Tailor
YEAR 3 Pitch Names Singing Challenge (la, so and mi)
YEAR 2/3 Rhythm Reading Challenge (ta and ti-ti)
YEAR 3/4/5 Rhythm Reading Challenge (ta and ti-ti) – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
YEAR 4/5 Rhythm Reading Challenge (ta, ti-ti and ta-aa) – In the Hall of the Mountain King
Lots of songs to sing with lyrics
Out of the Ark
We are very proud of our talented musicians and you can listen to their work using the links below.
Here is a song written by Halima. She made it all up herself, the lyrics and melody. Will, our music teacher, helped by adding a simple bassline played on the bass guitar. Rahaf and Sumaya sing this song with Halima. The beat is from a drum machine.
Fly me to the Moon
Halima wrote the melody and lyrics for this song. Will added some chords to create a basic structure. Sean plays guitar and Will plays bass. Rahaf and Sumaya sing this song with Halima.
This is Where You Belong
This song was written by Hamdan. He created all the melody and words. Elissa also sings on this recording. Will added some guitar chords. Additional vocals are provided by Yousra who also plays tambourine on this recording. Sean plays bass.
Throughout lockdown the Grasshopper ‘bubble’ continued to attend school. They invented a fantasy world called Charmington. This piece of music is all about Charmington. It was made with composer Jackie Walduck and students from the Royal Academy of Music. It features sounds recorded in the our garden area with the Grasshoppers playing various instruments. Well done to Jenny, Asim, Louis, Armin, Esha, Safia, Tye, Sophie and Eva Rose.