At The Berkeley Academy, children have the opportunity to extend their music-making beyond the classroom.
Currently the school employs two very popular external peripatetic music teachers, one of whom delivers lessons in brass, woodwind and keyboard, whilst the other teaches guitar. As part of our extra-curricular programme, African lesson lessons are offered on a weekly basis.
The school has close links with the Love Music Trust. This partnership affords the opportunity to have professional musicians working in collaboration with the class teachers. Lessons take place weekly in Lower Key Stage 2, allowing the children to learn playing techniques of a range of world percussion instruments. Additionally, the school is pleased to have developed strong links with the Music department at Shavington Academy. This affords the opportunity to work in close partnership and participate in joint community concerts. Furthermore it allows the students from Shavington Academy to work alongside and encourage future generations of young musicians.
We also have a well-established school choir. Numbering nearly 50 children, the choir is also very closely involved with music-making in the community. During the course of the year the choir participates in a Christmas carol concert with Shavington Academy and our local link primary schools. Additional concerts during the year feature the school going out to sing at ‘Belong’, a local care home and as part of a long-standing partnership, the choir is proud to sing at the annual ‘Tree of Light’ service in Crewe.