We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected by the St Helens Council Music Service to become a Music Mark School Member for 2019-2020. We have been selected in recognition for the fantastic music provision in our school and our continued commitment to ensuring our students are offered and given access to a high quality music education.
St Cuthbert’s Music department offers all students opportunities to learn musical instruments and be involved in a wide range of different musical experiences throughout their time in school.
From a curriculum point of view, music is taught in a practical, no-nonsense, performance-led style. Theory, composition and performance skills are all developed through playing instruments – brass instruments (cornet and trombone), piano/keyboard, ukulele, singing and music technology are all implemented into the curriculum so by year 9, students have already gained in-depth experience with these instruments.
Students who wish to try their skills further have free access to music clubs, so keyboard club and ukulele club (which run every week on Tuesday and Thursday) are open for all. If students show commitment in brass, they can access school band for free and also have the option to take brass lessons with Mr Chadwick. We have a school rock band and offer one-to-one lessons in Brass, Woodwind, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Strings and Drums. Decisions about extra-curricular activities are discussed and decided by our music committee, which is made up of students who participate in different areas of the subject, to being a wide range of talents together.
This year so far we have played in supermarkets for Christmas, and went to Parr Mount Court residential home to play a fantastic little concert for the residents there. We look forward to contributing to the annual arts festival, hosting our annual music festival and our school band will be spending the day at Valley Brass for a musical performance workshop.
Mr Conlan, Teacher of Music said "This is a very exciting time for the Music Department at St Cuthbert's. By becoming a member of the Music Mark, our Music Education will continue to strengthen and will provide us with the opportunity to access additional resources and support from regional and national news and events as well as training courses and CPD activities for our staff which in turn will benefit our students”.
Speaking after receiving the award Headteacher, Catherine Twist said: “We are absolutely delighted that the value we place on music as a school has been recognised by being nominated by our local Music Hub to join what is becoming a growing number of Music Mark School Members. We are dedicated to continuing to offer and deliver a broad and balanced curriculum ensuring our students access and engage in a high-quality music education”.
Pictured below with Mr Conlan are some of our students who regularly take part in Music Education: