Music Outreach 2005 - 2006
150 year six students from Commonweal’s feeder schools have taken part
in an exciting project in which they performed and recorded a musical composition
on the theme of Brunel. This is part of the Brunel 200 birthday celebrations.
The brief, over a year, was to work with year 6 students to foster team building through music especially composing in the hope that the new found knowledge and skills could be further developed when the students went up to secondary school.
The project was delivered by outreach musician Andre Pysanczyn. Last year
was spent developing confidence through games. These games were designed to
develop leadership skills and ultimately give the students ownership of the
project. For instance students were asked to conduct the class or make choices
about event or actions. Andre also tried to get the students to take control
of situations and lead games or pieces of compositions.
Commented Katie Elwell, age 11 from Lethbridge School “ It was good fun, but very hard work. I am looking forward to seeing us on the DVD.”
Commented Edward White, age 11, from Robert Le Kyng Junior School “Working with Andre was fun. He taught us how different instruments work together. I play the xylophone and am looking forward to coming up to Commonweal in September.”
Commented Helen Pysanczyn, Commonweal
Outreach Music Co-ordinator. “ The project was designed to introduce
composition into key stage 2 music lessons. The children really rose to the
challenge and have gained team building skills as well as the confidence to
express themselves in music. The aim of the 'performance' day was for each
student to a) make a new friend; b) compose a new piece of music; and c) to
remember and record some of the work they had completed over the year.
Outreach programme is
co-ordinated by Helen Pysanczyn
with the aim of creating a smooth transition from primary school to Commonweal.