At Milford School we really value music education and it is an integral part of our school culture. We encourage all children to be actively involved in the arts, not only as a creative outlet but to develop their learning and social development.
We are very fortunate to have a full time music specialist, Mrs Eugenie Middleton, who is passionate about providing positive learning experiences for every child and to nurture their musical abilities.
There are three components to the Milford School music programme:
- Classroom music lessons
- Music groups
- Itinerant music lessons
Classroom Music Lessons
Every class has music lessons for 45 minutes per week with music specialist, Eugenie Middleton. In these lessons, the children are immersed in a holistic learning experience, which incorporates a mixture of singing, music games, rhythm and body percussion, movement, dance, drama and instrumental playing.
All lessons are linked to the syndicate PYP central ideas and concepts. This ensures cohesion between the classroom learning outcomes and music learning objectives.
Throughout their time at school, all students will experience playing a wide range of un-tuned percussion instruments, ukulele, marimba and xylophone, recorder, boom whackers and stomping tubes.
At Milford School there are an abundance of music groups for the children to be involved in. These music groups encourage the children to enhance their learning and to explore different musical genres in a fun, focussed learning environment. Many of the groups represent the school in festivals and concerts throughout the year.
Music groups available are:
Year 2 Recorder – a beginner recorder group that teaches basic recorder playing skills, rhythm and note reading.
Please fill out the google doc to register your child:
Year 3 Recorder – an extension recorder group for children who learnt recorder in Year 2. The children continue to develop skills of playing together, learning new notes and basic note reading.
Advanced Year 4-6 Recorder – this group is an ensemble group, with children who are skilled at playing the descant recorder and now learn to play the alto and tenor recorders in a small group.
Year 5 Xylophone Group / Year 6 Xylophone Group – an extension group for senior children interested in learning to play the xylophone in an ensemble. This has about 60 members in total rehearses hard all year to represent the school in two main concerts: the COL musical performance night on 26th May at Westlake Boys High School (time to be confirmed) and also at the Auckland Marimba Festival on Saturday 5th September at 12pm and 4pm in the Barfoot and Thompson Stadium in Kohimaramara.
Rock band – This band rehearses on Friday lunchtimes and is dependent on the exisiting skills at school. If your child is a great guitarists, bass guitarist, drummer please let me know so I can form a group for 2020. This group will perform in assemblies throughout the year and will be invited to form part of the senior production band.
Year 3 and 4 ukulele group – This group is for beginners who would like to learn how to play basic chords on the ukulele. The children are welcome to use the school ukuleles for this group, but it is advantageous for them to won their own. This will enable them to practise at home and make more rapid progress. This group will rehearse on Friday afternoons from 1.30 – 2.00.
Whole School Orchestra – This is one of the children’s favourite groups. The music is arranged by Eugenie Middleton to specifically cater for the huge range of abilities and instruments the children are learning to play. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to develop skills of following a conductor, playing as part of an ensemble and reading basic music in a relaxed, nurturing environment. Children don’t need to be able to read music to be a member of this group, but it does help. This is for children from Year 2 – Year 6.
Year 5 and 6 APPA Choir – This is an audition choir of about 45 – 50 members. This very popular group rehearses all year to sing in the Auckland Town Hall in November (date to be advised). We sing alongside schools from all over Auckland to sing in harmony – around 500 children in total. It is an amazing night and one the children will remember forever. If your child has been accepted for this choir please register the information on the form below:
Year 4 – 6 Kids for Kids Choir – This is an all comers choir who rehearse hard all year to perform in the Bruce Mason Centre at the Kids for Kids Concert. This is an exciting concert with guest singers – Jackie Clarke and Nathan King. This choir has more contemporary upbeat songs and the children love being a part of this group. There are usually 70 plus students in this group. It is taken by the DP – Linda Vane and registrations will come from her via the children.
Here is the Music Group Timetable:
|TIMES||GROUP||WHERE and TEACHER IN CHARGE|
|8.30 – 9.15||School Orchestra Year 2-6||Music Room – Mrs Middleton|
|9.15 – 9.45||Year 5 Xylophone Group||Music Room – Mrs Middleton|
|9.45 – 10.15||Year 6 Xylophone Group||Music Room – Mrs Middleton|
|10.15 – 10.40||Year 4 – 6 recorder / woodwind extension group||Music Room – Mrs Middleton|
|11 – 11.15||Year 2 beginner recorder group||Music Room – Mrs Middleton|
|11.15 – 11.30||Year 3 recorder group (children who learnt in Year 2)||Music Room – Mrs Middleton|
|11.45- 12.45||APPA choir (Year 5 – 6)||Music Room – Mrs Middleton|
|1.30 – 2.00||Kids for Kids Choir (Year 4 – 6)||Hall – Ms Vane|
|1.30 – 2.00||Ukulele group – Year 3 and 4||Music Room – Mrs Middleton|
|2.15 – 2.45||Singing assembly||Hall – Mrs Middleton (odd weeks)|
LUNCHTIME MUSIC GROUPS
|DAY and TIMES||GROUP||WHERE and TEACHER IN CHARGE|
|Wednesday lunchtimes||Year 5 and 6 APPA choir||Music Room – Mrs Middleton|
|Friday lunchtimes 12.30 – 1||Year 1 – 3 choir||Room 12 – Ms Dixon and Miss Gilmore|
Itinerant Music Lessons
We are very fortunate at Milford School that we have itinerant music teachers who come into school and give private piano, violin, guitar and flute lessons throughout the year. Parents pay for this individual tuition and if you are interested in this, information is available at the office.
Milford School integrate drama into their inquiry learning experiences, encouraging the children to become confident at performing in front of an audience. Bi-annually, the school proudly present two amazing productions – one for the Junior School and one for the Senior School. In these productions, we encourage all children to perform on stage, include all the music groups and dance groups. It is an outstanding showcase of the talent learnt at Milford School.
To view the high standard of previous productions follow the links below:
To view the trailer of the 2016 Senior Production click on the link: Road to Rio . The Password is Rio
To view the trailer of the 2016 Junior Production click on the Pirates vs Mermaids. The password is Pirates
This Year, 2020, we will be performing the Bee Musical for Year 1-3 and Game On for Year 4-6. The dates for this production are: Monday 24th – Thursday 27th August. We have very intense rehearsals leading up to the production week, so if your child is selected for a lead acting or performing part, they will need to present for Term 3. All children are involved in the productions and are expected to be there for all the performances. Junior will be dress rehearsal 24th, matinee 25th and 27th and evening performance 26th August. Senior production will be dress rehearsal 24th, evening 25th and 27th and matinee 26th August.
MUSIC TO SING AT HOME from Singing assembly and student suggestions!