Year 6’s Class Assembly

Our Year 6 children showed our special visitors some of their learningthis half term. Their hard work was displayed through drama, music (including Birkwood Brass!) and poetry. They were all fantastic – well done!

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Debut Performance 

This Year 3 cornet player has been learning for just over half a term. She has VERY successful footsteps to follow in… Her older brother and sister are both accomplished musicians and she is most definitely making every effort to join them at the top! Here she is playing her first EVER Christmas carol.

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We Have Got Boogie Shoes! 

The Woodpeckers are making excellent progress in their weekly class brass lessons. The children thoroughly enjoy their lessons with Mr. Dodd. He is hoping to invite some of our Year 3s to join up with our Year 6 Birkwood Brass stars before long. Keep up the hard work (in your boogie shoes) Woodpeckers!

 

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Music Man

Here’s one of Birkwood’s pianists performing his new music. It’s hard to believe that he only got this ‘Pirate Piece’ in his lesson TODAY!

 

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Read All About It! 

This week’s Barnsley Chronicle highlights our fantastic partnership with the world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band. We are hugely proud of the very talented #TeamDodd!

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Follow Your Dreams

 
It was a golden day! The amazing Birkwood Brass performed at the Grimethorpe Colliery Band Centenary Concert at Elsecar Heritage Centre. We were so proud of our outstanding musicians, playing in front of a specially invited audience including our wonderful families, members of our school community, the Mayor of Barnsley and the writer of Brassed Off.
 
Many thanks to Grimethorpe Colliery Band for their support, encouragement, funding and inspiration over the past five years – they really are true friends.
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 Read All About It!

Birkwood Brass and Mr. Dodd enjoyed a photo shoot this afternoon. The Barnsley Chronicle were very interested to hear all about our performance at Grimethorpe Colliery Band’s Centenary celebrations.
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 Birkwood Brass Performs for the School

Birkwood Brass performed the numbers that they were going to play at the Centenary Concert with Grimethorpe Colliery Band for all children in school. We were all very impressed and know they will do us proud!
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Clever Clarinettists!

Our Clarinettists from Key Stage 1 and 2 are making excellent progress. Well done to all and thank you to the children’s peripatetic teacher from Barnsley Music Hub.

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Fabulous Flautists

Here are two of our flautists in action. Both girls began playing the flute in 2016, as part of the Barnsley Music Hub’s Musical Bridges scheme. You’re sounding great girls!
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They’ve Got the ‘Keys’ to Success! 

Here are four of our 8 keyboard players and pianists in action during their lessons today. All of the children are making excellent progress -keep working hard!
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I am a music man… I come from far away!

 

We can play…  Look what we can play…  We can play instruments.  

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Week Five…

One of our newest musicians received her fifth flute lesson this week. We are delighted with her progress, and proud that she is confident enough to share her learning with classmates.

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Not Just any Concert!

Our musicians are rehearsing at every opportunity, in preparation for their prestigious performance at the Grimethorpe Colliery Band Centenary Concert next Friday. Each and every member of the band are committed to their personal practice, band rehearsals and supporting their ‘teammates’. Only one week to go before we take to the stage. Keep up the great work #TeamDodd

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VIP Brass Stars

Our amazing brass musicians have  been invited to perform in a VERY SPECIAL invitation-only concert, celebrating the centenary of our friends, Grimethorpe Colliery Band. We are honoured to take part in this prestigious concert at Elsecar Heritage Centre on 20th October. Today, the invitations for families and special visitors were delivered, by hand, to school!

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Musical Genres

The children are taking the time to learn about music from a variety of musical genres. They are also learning to appreciate musicians from contrasting cultures, backgrounds and eras.

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Stars of the Future

The Woodpeckers have only had five lessons with Mr. Dodd and we are already spotting a few stars of the future. One of these stars is already playing duets with Mr. Dodd!

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Year 5 Music

Mr. Summerfield has been sharing his expertise; the Year 5 Lions have been using texture and rap in music lessons to make links to science and our Solar System.

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Impressing Mr Dodd! 

 

This member of #TeamDodd has earned the upmost respect from her teacher and fellow musicians alike! It has only been a couple of weeks since she was introduced to this tricky piece of music and she is already hitting the high notes! Keep up the excellent work.

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Great Glissandi Girls! 

Birkwood Brass are preparing for their latest appearance with Grimethorpe Colliery Band on 20th October. This piece showcases our two new trombonists – we are SO proud of their rapid progress!

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Fantastic Progress

After 4 weeks of brass lessons, this pair have shown excellent commitment to their brass lessons.  Keep up the great work – there are places available in Birkwood Brass soon!

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Girl Power

Our recently employed trombone section are mastering the art of glissandi (sliding notes) ready for our concert with Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Well done ladies, your hard work is paying off!

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One Moment in Time!

This amazing musician has waited for today to come… His dedication to music lessons, Birkwood brass, his band mates and Mr. Dodd have earned him the opportunity to move from baritone to EUPHONIUM! Keep up the good work young man; your school and family are very proud.

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Music Matters

Pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 sampled the positives of singing in our choir. We all had a great time!

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Music To Our Ears

This year, we have more musicians in school than EVER! Here are two of our newest learners from Year 2 and Year 3.

 

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 Brass is Back!

It was great to welcome Mr. Dodd  into school this afternoon. The Year 3 Woodpeckers were given their new instruments and impressed Mr. Dodd with their ‘buzzing’ mouthpieces and excellent listening skills!

Next, Mr. Dodd met with the experienced Year 6 Birkwood Brass musicians. He congratulated the children on their ABRSM results and discussed plans for a VIP concert opportunity to take place on 20th October. Team Dodd showed a real commitment to their teacher, school  and peers!
Two of our talented brass players have taken up the challenge of learning the tuba. Thanks to their parents for accepting a new (rather large) instrument into their families!

 

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