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Long Row Primary and Nursery School

Inspire, Respect, Belong


At Long Row, we use the Charanga Musical School Scheme which allows for continued opportunities to listen to and reflect on a wide range of music.  Singing forms the basis of each unit of work, and composition and performance elements are used in each unit.  The interrelated dimensions of music are continually repeated and developed throughout the scheme and allow an ever-increasing spiral of musical learning. 


The interrelated dimensions of music are: pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation


Whilst tuned instruments (in particular the glockenspiel) are introduced through the Charanga Musical School Scheme, it is also important that children also receive the opportunity to learn an instrument through the Wider Opportunities Scheme, delivered via the Derby and Derbyshire Musical Partnership.  This in turn, allows opportunities to develop musical skills to higher standards.  Individual instrument lessons are also available through links with the Music Partnership, Rock Steady and other Peripatetic Music Teachers.


Music is taught as a discrete subject on a weekly basis but this is not be the limit of exposure to music. Most of the Charanga lessons will be either one hour (20 minutes Listen and Appraise, 25 minutes Musical Activities, 15 minutes Perform/Share) or 45 minutes (15 minutes Listen and Appraise, 20 minutes Musical Activities, 10 minutes Perform/Share).  A lesson should not be shorter than 45 minutes. Where appropriate across the whole curriculum, music should be used to enhance learning and experiences, whether that be by listening to a wide range of different music in assemblies and in the classroom, or watching music being performed online, or live if possible.  There are many researched benefits to listening to music, including very importantly, it being a factor in improving mental well-being. 

In Music, progression is based on building an understanding of musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning.  Learning the same musical concept through different musical activities enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of skills.  Learning is not neat or linear.  The strands of musical learning are part of the learning spiral.  Over time, children can both develop need musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established musical skills and concepts, allowing a deeper understanding to develop as well as learning something new.


Music at Long Row

Music opportunities - learn to play a string instrument

Do you want to play in a Rock Band - you can on Tuesdays at Long Row.

South East Derbyshire Music Centre

South East Derbyshire Music Centre provides a wonderful opportunity for young people in Amber Valley and Erewash to make music!  On Saturday mornings, the Centre is busy with musical activities such as wind bands, orchestras and choirs.  There is something for every ability level, and allows for wonderful music making opportunities and regular concerts.  Several children who learn instruments at Long Row already attend SEDMC and really enjoy their weekly music sessions there.  

Please visit their website to find out more:

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