We’ve lost a few of our learners for various reasons – e.g. moved School, clash with other activities or just decided not to continue – but we’ve also recruited 4 new starters at Balliol Primary together with a parent, so we now have good numbers in each school:
Backworth Park Primary School – 15 children and 2 members of teaching staff
Balliol Primary School – 11 children, 2 parents and a teacher
Burradon Community Primary School – 11 children, 1 parent and a teaching assistant
Total – 37 children, 3 parents and 4 members of teaching staff
We are working on tunes “Get on up, Get on down”, “Freres Jacques” and “Catch a Falling Star” and giving everyone some individual tuition using the Toon Larner worksheets. We’ve found that they are learning the notes well by name and starting to recognise them as notes on the music stave. They are making great progress and getting good at listening and copying but more work is needed on tonguing and pitching notes.
We have entered the Backworth and Balliol brass groups into the Wansbeck Music Festival beginners brass ensemble event on Friday 31st March, and we will no doubt be arranging some performances in School before then.
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