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Instrumental Lessons Start:

11th September 2017


A new academic year is underway and we have more children having instrumental tuition than ever before! Detailed below is information on what time our peripatetics visit, so children can always be prepared for their weekly lesson.


Instrument Teacher Room Day Time
Woodwind Mrs Hawkeswood

Music room or

Dining room

Monday 9am-10:30am
Percussion Mr Steele Music room Monday 12:15pm-1:15pm
Violin Mr Lycett

Music room or

Dining room

Tuesday 9am-10:30am
Brass Mrs McDonald Music room Thursday 12pm-1pm
Guitar Mr Matthews Staff room Friday 8:45am-9:45am


Sutherland Singers and Songbirds Entertain Residents of Willow Barns


On Monday 3rd July, 22 children made the short walk to Willow Barns to sing for the residents. The Songbirds sang 9 songs from their recent circus-themed concert, with beautiful solos from Nevaeh Stanley and Gracie Flannery.


Sutherland Singers (KS2 Choir) sang three songs: When Children Rule the World, Count On Me and Ain't No Mountain. The performance was followed by some squash and biscuits, (which we all appreciated!). Thanks to Willow Barns for providing such a  lovely experience. We are already counting the days until we return!

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Instrumental Lessons 2017-2018


Letters have been sent home with all children from current Years 3, 4 and 5. (Please get a duplicate from the main office or Mrs Locker if you have not received a letter.) 


It is important that parents/ carers read the letter carefully before returning the reply slip in time for the deadline of 10th July 2017.


We offer lessons with specialist peripatetic teachers from the local music service on the following instruments: 


Miss Hawkeswood - clarinet and flute

Mr Lycett - violin, viola and cello

Mrs McDonald - trumpet, cornet, trombone and French horn

Mr Steele - drum kit

Mr Matthews - guitar


Children are grouped by ability (not age) and attend one lesson each week.


We expect all children who are learning an instrument to practise regularly – we recommend practising at least four times a week. This will ensure progression and success! Children who are ready will be encouraged to take a Music Medal and/or grade exam; this will put them in good stead for continuing with their instrument at secondary school. You can find out more about grade exams on the ABRSM or Trinity College London websites.

Sutherland Songbirds


Aspiring performers took to the stage at the Victoria Hall on Monday 26th June as part of a series of concerts showcasing the musical abilities of the area's young musicians.


This year's concerts had a circus theme to celebrate the life of Newcastle-born Philip Astley, known as 'the father of the circus'.

The children were excellent ambassadors for the Academy and we all had a very fun and memorable evening. Congratulations to the following children for their hardwork and dedication:


Cerys Bates
Amelia Handley
Megan Sanders
Theodore Priest
Gracie Flannery
Taylor Morey
Isabelle Adams
Nevaeh Stanley
Alexia Box


It was a wonderful opportunity for the children and we are very proud to call them our Songbirds!


Societas Sings - Well done!


On 27th April, forty-seven children took part in Societas Sings at the Victoria Hall in Hanley. The show was a great success with children from all six schools in our MAT taking part. Children sang songs from a variety of musicals including Les Miserables, Annie, Oliver, Beauty and the Beast and many more. A special well done to Kelly Lin, Kieran Lomas, Ashleigh Kay, Ellie-Mae Lewis, Alfie Loveday and Serife Icli for singing their solos beautifully. Additionally, thank you to Kelsi Machin for helping to escort the audience to their seats. All children involved were excellent ambassadors for our school and had a fun and memorable evening.


Thank you to parents and carers for their continued support, we are already looking forward to next year’s show!

Recorder Festival Congratulations!


Mrs Locker would like to thank the children who participated in the Recorder Festival at the Victoria Hall on 28th March 2017. All of the children played excellently throughout the concert and they were brilliant ambassadors for the school. It will be exciting to return next year when we hope to play a solo!


The Recorder Club meets each Thursday after school until 4:05pm. Rehearsals have been postponed whilst preparations are underway for other concerts, but they will begin again soon (Mrs Locker will send a letter home to notify parents and carers).



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Music Provision


Music is very important to life at Sutherland Academy: every year group has access to curriculum music, singing and instrumental lessons. We aim to foster a love and appreciation of music along with providing access to instrumental lessons with clear progression routes. 


Each class has one hour of music a week and all lessons are taught by our music coordinator Mrs Locker.  


At KS1 children learn about the musical elements including pitch, tempo, dynamics and duration through singing and playing classroom percussion. At KS2 the emphasis is more on music appreciation and children learn how to analyse music from various genres, eras and cultures.


In Years 3 and 4, children learn how to play the recorder through an exciting recorder programme called Recorder Karate, where they earn coloured belts to attach their recorder to show the progress that they are making. 

Instrumental Lessons at Sutherland Academy

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Assessment in Music at Sutherland Primary Academy