Four more primary schools given access to cheap music lessons thanks to West Norfolk Academies trust
More primary schools in West Norfolk have been chosen to have access to a special grant aimed to help budding musicians.
The West Norfolk Academies trust has opened up the scheme to more schools, giving over 200 pupils the opportunity to learn a orchestral instrument.
This is thanks to the £2000 grant given by the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association charity fund, this is now being expanded to also include all primary schools which feed into the Trust’s high schools.
The scheme began in the Trust's six primary schools - Clenchwarton, West Lynn, Snettisham, Heacham Junior, Walpole Cross Keys and Gaywood. It is now being extended to those primary schools that feed into the Trust's high schools: Springwood, Smithdon, St Clement's and Marshland.
The instruments are provided free of charge to the children and the cost of the lessons is less than £2 per week.
Beginner orchestral instruments cost at least £150, rising up to over £1000. Once established the children are encouraged to either buy or hire their own instrument.
The Royal Warrant Holders’ Association charity fund is established by companies which hold royal warrants and specifically helps small local good causes with grants of up to £2000.
Rob Galliard, director of primary music at the Trust has said:“We use the same whole class opportunity but, after a term, select a group of pupils who show an aptitude for music to begin tuition on an orchestral instrument. Of those who started in 2019, nearly 50% are still playing and beginning to join bands and orchestras.”
Mr Galliard added, “Playing a musical instrument is both a physical and an intellectual activity and children of primary age can develop their motor skills together with their increasing ability to read and memorise."
“We provide opportunities for the children from different schools to come together and this develops their social skills."
"There is nothing better than making music with your friends."