At Ashfield we offer small group instrumental lessons for guitar, ukulele, piano, flute, clarinet and violin. These are charged at £40 per term for all instruments except piano, which is charged at £50 per term due to being taught in smaller groups of 2. All pupils are invited to perform in a school music concert or performance opportunity each term.
All pupils also have the chance to play ukulele, glockenspiel and recorder in our whole class music lessons, taught by a music specialist.
Our school has an active choir, which rehearses Tuesdays after school (this year starting in October 2019). We have sang at the Otley Victorian Fayre, Otley Christmas light switching on, Otley Christmas Tree Festival and our Family of Schools Yeadon Town Hall music concert. For the past two years we have created a music video for a Leeds choir competition.
Our school orchestra rehearses Friday lunchtimes 12:45 to 1.10. This is open to any pupils receiving lessons (within or outside of school) who are capable of reading standard notation and playing their instrument independently. Piano pupils are welcome to join us on glockenspiel.
Every 2nd half term we also have a year 6 band Monday lunchtimes 12:45 to 1:10. We perform pop and rock repertoire, either playing by ear or by following chord patterns. This is open to all from year 6, you don't need to receive instrumental lessons.
We have a break time practice club on Tuesdays open to any children receiving lessons. This gives them an extra opportunity to prepare for their next music lesson or to share their pieces with friends as they practise.
Year 6 Leavers Assembly
Well done to ukulele and guitarists who performed "Castle on the Hill" during the Year 6 leaving assembly. Great to hear so many pupils performing and singing together, welcoming such a great performance opportunity.
Otley Chamber Orchestra Perform at Ashfield
We were so grateful to members of Otley Chamber Orchestra who volunteered their time to perform at Ashfield today. They brought a string section comprising two violins, a viola and cello and a woodwind section comprising two flutes, an oboe, a clarinet and a bassoon. They also used a pianist who helped to conduct. It was great to hear their instruments individually and as an ensemble playing classical pieces by Beethoven and Handel alongside Disney favourites such as 'the Bear Necessities' and 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious'!
If you know of any choirs or musical ensembles who would like to perform for our children, please do let us know.
Ashfield Summer BBQ "Festival Stage"
Well done to instrumental pupils who performed at our "Festival Stage" during the Summer BBQ. It was exciting to hear their performances amplified through a PA system.
ABRSM Music Exams
Well done to our five pupils who took ABRSM prep test and grade 1 exams this summer term.
MAIA PERFORM LIVE AT ASHFIELD