Children at Wimbledon Chase are given lots of opportunities to develop their musical talents.
Each class has one hour of music per week. We have a purpose built music room which is very well equipped with a variety of musical instruments.
In addition, a large number of peripatetic teachers from the Merton Music Foundation (MMF) visit the school every day to provide private lessons for individuals and groups. The instruments taught include:
MMF charges for lessons – these can be for individuals, in twos or small groups. Applications can be made via their website – https://mmf.org.uk/
Pupils with musical talents are encouraged to play in assemblies as the school enters or leaves the hall. The children’s ability to play instruments such as piano, guitar, trumpet or cello is celebrated by the school and helps to develop confidence in the players and gives them experience in performing for an audience.
A number of musical clubs are provided at Wimbledon Chase:
Our choir is open to any pupil from Year 1 upwards. There are no auditions and everyone is encouraged to join in. Choir rehearses on Tuesday mornings in the school hall from 8.15 to 8.45. The children sing a variety of popular songs, both in unison and in parts. In the autumn term, the choir concentrates on Christmas carols and songs.
Orchestra is open to those pupils who learn an orchestral instrument either in school or out of school. Orchestra rehearses on Wednesday mornings from 8.15 to 8.45 and performs a variety of music in parts, depending on the ability of the children.
Boomwackers Club is open to pupils in Year 4, 5, 6 upwards who enjoy playing in a small group, often improvising on a variety of percussion instruments (tuned and untuned). Boomwackers are plastic tubes that are struck on a surface to produce a note. This was the name chosen by the children for this fun ensemble which includes other percussion instruments.
The String Ensemble is open to pupils of any age who play a brass or woodwind instrument. The string ensemble plays for fun and enjoys the harmony they produce together.