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Singing in Schools

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  1. Organising the Rehearsal

  2. The Role of the Leader

  3. Preparing to Sing

  4. Physical Warm Ups

  5. Vocal Warm Ups

  6. Breathing Warm Ups

Common to all EPOC projects is singing. All our projects involve singing in some form or other and we like to encourage everyone to join in – even when we are not there. Therefore, we always encourage teachers and leaders to keep singing with the children we work with, because we believe that:

  • there is no better physical, emotional and intelligent mass participative experience for children and young people than singing;
  • singing is the most elemental form of music making;
  • young people can participate in singing no matter background or ability;
  • singing should be at the heart of all primary school music activity; and
  • singing is the most culturally diverse and adaptable of the arts.

Singing is a major element in the National Curriculum for music and we want singing to be part of everyone’s school life. Resources contained here are by no means comprehensive, but they offer inspirational and practical aids to help increase individual and group singing, in or out of school hours. You can use them as aids to:

Introduce singing in the classroom

The Songbook is an excellent tool to do this as a regular occurrence. Strategies such as the Music Manifesto have outlined singing in the classroom as the most important, completely-inclusive method of empowering pupils to make music.

Establish extra-curricular singing groups or other ensembles

Before or after school, in the lunch break or holiday clubs.

Reinforce or introduce schemes that deal with:

  • Performance
  • Characteristics of a certain genre (KS3, QCA, Unit, KS 1&2)
  • Singing
  • Exploring the way music is used (e.g. KS 3 QCA Scheme, Unit 5, KS 1+2)
  • film music
  • development of themes (KS3, QCA, Unit 11, KS 1&2)
  • major/ minor / modes

Establish a culture of performance in the school

Sharing the energy and enthusiasm of a singing group with others is infectious.

Encourage parental involvement in their child’s activities within the school’s musical life

Children like to share their musical achievements with their parents; at home or in performance at the school. Parents can sing in choirs too.

Encourage inter-departmental links within the school and between schools

EPOC schools have, for instance, worked with groups of children singing songs about Tudor history, archaeology, DNA, identity, maths and sport. We have also worked with secondary schools and their feeder primaries on projects to do with transition.

Encourage pupils’ social development

Sharing music making and developing a sense of social cohesion, recognising the value of different contributions and their own responsibility to support and enrich the work of others, and recognising the need for different roles in a group performance.
(National Curriculum, Key stages 1 – 3)