Hardingstone Academy has been nominated for a prestigious Music Mark membership in recognition of its high quality music education.
The primary school, which is part of the East Midlands Academy Trust, was put forward to be a national Music Mark School Member by Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust to acknowledge the value Hardingstone Academy places on music.
Pupils at Hardingstone learn about past and popular modern music, creating music, exploring rhythm, pitch and beat with instruments, and singing.
The Year 4 pupils are currently involved in learning Samba and will perform to parents and carers at the end of the ten-week programme, while the choir performs on a regular basis to the other children and the local community.
Headteacher Zoe McIntyre said: “At Hardingstone we recognise the value of teaching our pupils music as we know it enhances skills such as listening and co-ordination, which can in turn benefit their learning in other areas of the curriculum.
“We believe all our children should have the chance to learn a musical instrument, no matter what their background or musical ability. Our lessons are fun, engaging – and can be very noisy!”
Music Mark membership enables schools to access a wide range of resources and ideas to support their music lessons.
Peter Smalley, chief executive of Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust, said: “We are delighted to work with schools and academies that help to deliver the promises of the National Plan for Music Education and value the place of music and arts in their school.
“The nomination for School Membership of Music Mark recognises that commitment and connects Hardingstone Academy with a network of like-minded schools across the country.”
Information about Music Mark can be found at www.musicmark.org.uk.