Creative Classrooms aims to support classroom music-making at Key Stage 2. This project has been developed with the music services of Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Royal Greenwich, as members of the South Riverside Music Partnership. The project runs in four primary schools, one from each of the associate boroughs.
“I have definitely gained knowledge and a better understanding of music and how we can use it with the children. I feel more confident now in teaching and performing with instruments to make pieces of music. The children absolutely loved the experience they had with the LPO players and always looked forward to every session we had with them.”Teacher, 2017 project
The project aims to offer an intensive development opportunity for KS2 class teachers to gain both general classroom music skills and specialist experience. We hope to leave a solid musical legacy in each school, equipping one or more teachers with increased skills and confidence to work creatively with music in the classroom. The project also serves as an introduction to the LPO and the world of the symphony orchestra – developing children’s wider cultural awareness.
The project is run through a combination of direct training sessions with a music education professional, who acts as a mentor for teachers throughout the project, resources and on-the-ground practical work. Participant teachers eventually deliver a full bespoke creative project inspired by a piece of orchestral repertoire, working alongside professional LPO musicians and leading to an in-school performance.
In 2017 we worked with:
Holy Trinity CE Primary School (Lambeth)
St Bartholomew's CE Primary School (Lewisham)
St Joseph's School, Camberwell (Southwark)
Kidbrooke Park Primary School (Royal Greenwich)
We have recently launched Creative Classrooms Connect, our online extension of the live Creative Classrooms project. This is an online space full of music resources for Key Stage 2 teachers.
The 2017/18 Creative Classrooms project is generously funded by Sally Groves, in memory of Dennis Marks, with additional support from the The Lord & Lady Lurgan Trust and the Newcomen Collett Foundation.