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Music Weekly

We believe that music is an important aspect of providing children with a well-rounded education. Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, help regulate emotions, improve energy levels and boost memory.  Therefore we provide daily opportunities for our children to listen to and enjoy a variety of music.  Every week we share a different piece of music with the children.  This can be classical, rock, jazz, pop and music from a variety of ages and cultures – the list is endless! The children will listen to the music, think about how it makes them feel, talk about their likes and dislikes, find out about the composer or artist and the period of time it was written in and also discuss any interesting facts or features.

We hope our children’s lives will be richer for these experiences.

Spring 2 2023 – 24

Week 1 – The Beatles Hey Jude 1968

Spring 1 2023 – 24

World Music

Week 1 – Tinariwen – Sastanaqqam 2017

Week 2 – Oliver Mtukudzi Ft Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Meria

Week 3 – Buena Vista Social Club – Candela

Week 4 – Harmony Chinese Music Group

Week 5 – Mustafa Mustafa – A R Rahman

Week 6 – Tunka Tunka Tun – Daler Mehndi

Autumn 1 2023 – 24

Boy Bands

A Boy Band is loosley defined as a vocal group consisting of young male singers, usually in their teenage years or in theoir twenties at the time of formation. Generally, boy bands perform love songs. Many boy bands dance as well as sing, usually giving highly choreographed performances.

Week 1 – McFly, Colours in Her Hair 2004

Week 2 – Take That, Never Forget 1995

Week 3 – One Direction, What Makes you Beautiful 2011

Week 4 -The Beatles, Hey Jude 1968

Week 5 – Busted, Year 3000 2003

Week 6 – Boyz II Men, End of the Road 1991

Week 7 – Hanson, MMM Bop 1997

Autumn 1 2022 – Disco

What Is Disco?

Disco was a genre of uptempo dance music that reached peak popularity during the 1970s. This music was often played at nightclubs or “discotheques” and featured repetitive vocals and catchy, rhythmic beats provided by instruments like drum sets, synthesizers, and bass guitars.

At the height of disco, fans gathered in discotheques like Studio 54, GG’s Barnum Room, and Mudd Club to watch live acts and dance to disco mixes produced by in-house deejays. Popular disco acts included Donna Summer, The Village People, Gloria Gaynor, Kool & the Gang, the Bee Gees, and Rick James.

Week 1

Chic ‘Le Freak’ (1978)

CHIC - Le Freak (Official Music Video)

Week 2

The Bee Gees – Staying Alive

Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive (Official Music Video)

Week 3

Boney M – Daddy Cool

Boney M. - Daddy Cool (Sopot Festival 1979)

Week 4

The Village People – YMCA

Village People - YMCA OFFICIAL Music Video 1978

Week 5

Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive

Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive

Week 6

Donna Summer – I feel love

Donna Summer - I Feel Love [Studio Version]

Week 7

Earth, Wind and Fire – September

Earth, Wind & Fire - September (Official HD Video)

Autumn 2 2022 – Pop

What Is Pop?

Pop music is an abbreviation of the word ‘popular.  It’s a contemporary form of music that appeals to a very wide audience. It often includes a danceable tempo, easy to remember lyrics, and simple notation. Pop music is commonly found on mainstream radio stations and across a range of countries and cultures.

They have a good rhythm, a catchy melody, and are easy to remember and sing along to. They usually have a chorus that’s repeated several times and two or more verses.

Week 1

I should be so Lucky – Kylie Minogue 1987

Week 2

Take on me a-ha 1985

Week 3

Mamma Mia – Abba 1975

Week 4

Olly Murs – Dance with me tonight 2011

Week 5

Robbie Williams Candy 2012

Week 6

Happy Pharrell Williams 2013

Week 7

Slide – Goo Goo Dolls 1998

Spring 1 2023 – Rock N Roll

Rock ’n’ roll is a popular music genre that combines elements of rhythm and blues (R&B), jazz, and country music with the addition of electric instruments. The genre is known for energetic performances, catchy melodies, and often insightful lyrics. Rock N Roll evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Week 1

Little Richard – Tutti Frutti 1956

Week 2

Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock 1957

Week 3

Bill Haley & his Comets – Rock Around the Clock 1955

Week 4

Buddy Holly – Peggy Sue 1957

Week 5

Wake up Little Susie – Everly Brothers 1957

Week 6

Roy Orbison – Pretty Women 1964

Spring 2 2022 – 23 Classical

The term classical music has several meanings. Many countries call their own traditional or ancient music classical music. However, in Western parts of the world people use the term classical music to refer to art music.

Art music, or classical music, is different from popular and folk music. Classical music is more complex. It is usually written down in a form that classical musicians can read off the page. Classical musicians do not frequently improvise. To improvise means to make up music while playing it.

Much of the earliest classical music was used in religious ceremonies. Later, nonreligious music became more popular. Musicians often performed classical music to entertain audiences in royal courts.

Classical music grew and changed rapidly from the late 1500s to the mid-1700s. The modern orchestra was formed during this time. Also, musicians created new types of classical music, such as opera. One of the greatest composers of this time was Johann Sebastian Bach.

Music experts call the time from about 1750 to 1820 the classical age. In this period, musicians developed a number of musical forms. One of them was the symphony, a long musical composition for an orchestra. Another was the string quartet, a musical composition for two violins, a viola, and a cello. Some important composers from the classical age are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Week 1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” 1787

Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik – performed live by the London Mozart Players

Week 2

Johann Pachelbel

“Canon in D” 1680 – 1690

Pachelbel Canon in D Major - the original and best version.

Week 3

George Frideric Handel

“Messiah” 1741

Handel's Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus

Week 4

Antonio Vivaldi

“Four Seasons” 1723

Vivaldi Four Seasons: Spring (La Primavera) Full, original. Youssefian & Voices of Music RV 269 4K

Week 5

Edvard Grieg

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1,

“In the Hall of the Mountain King” 1875

Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, "In the Hall of the Mountain King"

Week 6

Claude Debussy.

“Clair de lune” 1905

Debussy: Clair de lune ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester ∙ Jean-Christophe Spinosi

Summer 1

Week 5

Colbie Caillat – Never Gonna Let You Down

Colbie Caillat - Never Gonna Let You Down (Official Video)

Week 4

Count on Me – Bruno Mars

Count On Me - Bruno Mars (Lyrics) 🎵

Week 3

Love can Build a Bridge – Westlife

Westlife - Love Can Build a Bridge (Official Audio)

Week 2

Labi Siffre – Something Inside so Strong

Labi Siffre-Something Inside So Strong.(1987) Original Video.

Week 1

Mariah Carey – Anytime you Need a Friend

Mariah Carey - Anytime You Need A Friend

Spring 2

Week 6

Raef – Ramadan is Here

Raef - Ramadan Is Here | Official Music Video

Week 5

Bruno Mars – Count On Me

Bruno Mars - Count on Me (Official Lyric Video)

Week 4

Tim McGraw – Humble and Kind

Tim McGraw - Humble And Kind (Official Video)

Week 3

Gustav Holst – The Planets Mars

Holst: The Planets, 'Mars' - BBC Proms

Week 2

John Denver – Thank God I’m a Country Boy

John Denver - Thank God I'm A Country Boy (Official Audio)

Week 1

Glen Campbell – Try a Little KIndness

Glen Campbell Try A Little Kindness Live 2002

Spring 1

Week 6

Etta James – At Last

Week 5

Take That – Shine

Take That - Shine (Official Video)

Week 4

Queen – We are the Champions

Queen - We Are The Champions (Official Video)

Week 3

Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata

Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata (FULL)

Week 2

The Beatles – Let it Be

Beatles Let It Be 1970

Week 1

Diana Ross and The Supremes – You can’t hurry love

The Supremes: You Can't Hurry Love - Original (Take 1)

Autumn 2

Week 7

Brenda lee – Rockin Around the Christmas Tree

Rockin Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee - HD Audio

Week 6

Band Aid – Do they know it’s Christmas

Do they Know it's Christmas ~ Band Aid 1984

Week 4

GoldFord – Walk With Me

GoldFord - "Walk with Me" Lyric Video

Week 3

Andy and the Odd Socks – One Kind Word

Andy and the Odd Socks - One Kind Word (Official Video)

Week 2

Cat Stevens – If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out

Week 1

Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine

Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine (Official Music Video)

Autumn 1

Week 7

Claude Debussy – Clair de Lune


Week 6

Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl 

Warner Bros. Records

Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl (Official Audio)

Week 5

Maurice Ravel – Bolero

Maurice Ravel - Bolero

Week 4

Eva Cassidy – Over The Rainbow

Eva Cassidy - Over The Rainbow

Week 3

Billy Ocean & The Young Voices Choir – Lovely Day

Billy Ocean, The Young Voices Choir - Lovely Day (Official Audio) ft. YolanDa Brown, Ruti

Week 2

A.R. Rahman – Jai Ho

A.R. Rahman "Jai Ho"- Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2010

Week 1

Sara Bareilles – Brave (Cover by One Voice Children’s Choir)

Justin Higuchi, Los Angeles, CC BY 2.0

Sara Bareilles - Brave | Cover by One Voice Children's Choir