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Music is the universal language. It improves children’s listening skills, but also can build self esteem, confidence, team work, resilience and perseverance. It gives children opportunities to shine. We aim to enthuse a passion for music by making it fun, creative but also developing literacy and language skills (key stage 1) with the goal of encouraging a child to engage in music the whole of their lives. Essentially, music is also used proactively with Children at OPA to nurture overall well being. Musical talent is celebrated and developed.

We provide a wide and varied musical opportunity for ALL children including free music instrumental lessons (taught in whole classes ) in Year 4, 5 & 6 recorder, violin, ukulele and world music (through Samba percussion and African drumming). In addition there are one to one or small group instrumental lessons with visiting peri staff in upper strings, all brass, flute, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, voice, drum kit, ukulele, guitar, electric guitar and piano/keyboard. Weekly singing assemblies are enjoyed by all children in both key stages where they are trained to sing as a choir and in parts. There are also opportunities to join an after school choir (Year 2 – 6) and orchestra (performing regularly to the wider community). All children receive one hour specialist music classroom delivery and take part in regular class and whole school performances.

We believe we have some of the best music educators in York at OPA (a team of 8) who are passionate and committed to bringing musical joy to all students within the school community.