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Back in March just before school closures became a reality Ashley Roye Gallions Primary School Music manager attempted to capture a day in his life at the school showcasing the many different activities he gets up to on a day at the school.
He managed to pick a particularly busy day which featured two orchestra rehearsals, two year group String concerts and a year group string rotation and ending the day with afterschool instrumental lessons and of course emails.
The role of a Music Manager at a school like Gallions is an amazing one as it means you have someone to organise and host concerts, capture images and videos to document the moments. Make sure children are in the right places at the right time and that you have orchestras full of children engaged keen and eager to learn, play and have fun. Above all else a Music teacher enables the teachers to focus on teaching whilst the chilldren get the benefit of the incredibly powerful experiences that music can provide and all the skills that you can learn by picking up an instrument.
The video below gives you a slight insight into the role and a glimpse of what can be achieved if more school’s invested in a role like the Music Manager to help enhance music education outcomes.
At the end of the Summer term the school held their first Virtual music concert. Children that had received bursaries from the Music Trust recorded video performances from their homes which were then compiled to give the school their first virtual concert.
The lockdown has meant that in a year that the school was due to hold an end of term fundraising concert celebrating 20 years of Gallions with our largest orchestra for a number of years our orchestra was disbanded. This did not mean that music died in Gallions, it is far too embedded into the school’s DNA to let that happen! So all children received weekly music assignments with YouTube lessons from their musicianship teachers Aimee and Emma. Some year groups received String worksheets to keep them connected to their instruments. Their instrumental teachers created videos that the children could listen to pieces they played and then answer questions based on what they heard.
Some children were able to continue their individual instrumental lessons via Zoom with their teachers who prepared them to give an end of term performance. And so we had videos of children playing pieces they had learned from their living rooms. It was wonderful. Alongside this in the absence of our orchestras the teachers recorded some pieces for the children to listen and see professionals in action and just what they could be capable of with dedication and hardwork (our kids already have the talent) if they put their mind to it.
I would always much rather have the children playing for their peers in the hall but that being said I am very proud of how all the children performed and how we have managed to keep music at the heart of Gallions during the lockdown.
A big thank you to The Clifford Chance Foundation for the grant they gave the Gallions Music Trust that enabled us to provide bursaries to children over the Academic school year.
This year the Gallions Music Trust had 3 runners signed up to take part in the 2020 Hackney Half Marathon and raise money for the Trust. Unfortunately the pandemic swept the country and the event was postponed. Gallions Music Manager Ashley Roye had other ideas though and wouldn’t let Covid-19 prevent him from putting on his running shoes and decided to run a half marathon around the school instead.
In the final week of term Ashley set off at 9:30 in the morning and began his 13.1 miles around the school. As he ran he was joined by different pupils and staff over the course of the morning running laps, getting in the way, making posters and cheering him on. He finished in just under 3 hours collapsing in the Music centre after completing the final yards!
So far he has raised over £400 for the Music Trust. You can still donate by clicking the link here.
We hope that this will be an annual school event moving forward any volunteers that are up for the challenge get in touch!
Inspired by listening to the BBC Ten Pieces and Hans Zimmers ‘Earth’ each class in Y5 formed their own orchestra and composed a piece to perform around the theme “space” a direct link to their classroom projects.
The children came together with their different instruments and under the expert guidance of Musicianship and Cello teacher Emma experimented with different sounds to create their pieces.
They performed to Y3 and Y4 in a one off afternoon concert and did an extremely professional job. Another great example of music linking to the curriculum, children playing their instruments more and creating their music.