Get to know our music teacher, Mrs Sandoval!
The Tallis Cannon as performed by our fabulous Year 5 guitarists!
Instrumental lessons now need to be booked and paid for directly with Sheffield Music Hub at www.sheffieldmusichub.org
To sign up to begin having lessons or, to continue your child’s music lessons from September 2018, please visit www.sheffieldmusichub.org – click on “Learn Music” and then “Music Lessons in Schools” and you will see our online application form. Once your application has been received you will be sent a request for payment. Payment is required prior to lessons starting. The instruments offered at Mosborough Primary School are:
Guitar – Flute – Clarinet – Saxophone – Recorder - Keyboard
Pathways recorder and pathways clarinet lessons (Y6 only) will still be administrated through school.
See the letter below for more details.
About our music teachers!
Ben Bartholomew (Guitar)
Ben teaches guitar to Primary school beginners and SEN children. He has taught at the Hub Jazz Holiday Course for the past two years and is also part of the Hub Jazz band. He has an interest in improvisation.
Nigel Martin (Keyboard / Woodwind)
Nigel studied recorders with Alan Davis and Ross Winters at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal College of Music, London. He is Musical Director for Dore G&S Society and is recorder consultant for the Victoria College of Music, London. Nigel has worked at Sheffield Music Service since 2001.
Mobile: 07815 003639
Hannah Sandoval (Music Curriculum Teacher)
Starting in April 2020, Hannah teaches the music curriculum to all children at Mosborough and is responsible for extra-curricular musical activities. Hannah studied music at the University of Oxford and is a professional harpist and harp teacher. She loves all kinds of music but has a particular interest in folk traditions.
Purchasing a Descant recorder
As part of our music lessons in key stage 2, we learn how to play the recorder. In the classroom music lessons we provide each child with a good quality descant recorder to use. However, I know that many parents like to buy a recorder for their child to practise on at home and I am often asked about which instruments are suitable.
There are lots of recorders on the market but a toy instrument is not adequate. We consider the best one in terms of value and quality to be the Yamaha YRS24BUK descant recorder which can be purchased from ‘LMS’ for approximately £8.50 from LMS Music supplies http://www.lmsmusicsupplies.co.uk/group-music/group-music-recorders/yamaha-recorders/yamaha-yrs24buk-descant-recorder-brown/
Purchasing a Treble Recorder
Children in years 5&6 may also wish to taken up the treble recorder, a bigger instrument that uses similar fingering patterns to the clarinet. This instrument makes a lower sound and is very versatile. We have some that are used in school but if your child would like their own treble I recommend the Yamaha YRA28BUK which can also be purchased from 'LSM' for approximately £17. recorder https://www.lmsmusicsupplies.co.uk/group-music/group-music-recorders/yamaha-recorders/yamaha-yra28buk-treble-recorder/
Keyboards – Tips for purchasing
When your child has their lesson in school, they will not need to bring in their keyboard because we have instruments at school for them to use. However, your child will need their own instrument to practise on at home.
Many parents have asked me about the type of instrument to purchase so I thought I would send some suggestions and links to help you.
There are many keyboards on the market but I recommend using an instrument that has the following features:
- 61 full sized keys (not mini keys or toy instruments)
- Touch sensitive
- Function to play chords/harmony
An example of a suitable instrument are either Yamaha PSR-E353 or the PSR-E363 models.
If you would like more details of this keyboard, please have a look at the following link on Norman’s Musical Instruments website.
They also offer the same Yamaha keyboard in a package which includes a cross stand, headphones and bench