Heathfield is very proud of the emphasis placed on music tuition in school.
All Year 4 children access the Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET) for stringed instruments and are learning either the cello, violin or viola.
We also offer small group tuition in the violin, viola, cello and guitar for those children in Years 5 and 6 who show a particular strength during the WCET sessions or an interest in learning an instrument at a greater depth.
Currently 17 children have small group tuition for violin, 10 children are making progress in the viola and 13 children are enjoying the challenge of playing the cello.
Parents are invited into WCET lessons each term; they can take part in a strings workshop, or if they prefer, they can learn more about their child’s progress on the instruments. Children are entered for the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) Grade 1 or Grade 2 at the end of each year and there have been many successes over the years, with passes, merits and distinctions. Some children also take part in Area Band, which encourages children to be part of an orchestra and perform in concerts.
Our choir participates in the popular Young Voices concert every year and the children become immersed in learning all the songs along with the dance moves. They particularly look forward to learning the Pop Medley. The choir also performs locally at Basford Library in December as well as the local old people’s home, Fox Court. Additionally, choir becomes involved in many initiatives that the Nottingham Music Hub lead on. There are many opportunities both in school and within the community for our children to showcase their talents.