Teaching & Learning Music
Music is a very important part of school life at Dundonald.
We provide children with a wide range of extracurricular musical opportunities, including two choirs, the Community Orchestra, two recorder clubs, a musical theatre club and a variety of individual instrumental lessons offered in school by the Merton Musical Foundation (MMF) tutors.
Our annual Musical Extravaganza and our Christmas concert provide opportunities for children to perform both individually and as members of the choirs and orchestra.
For further details of what your child will be doing in music this term please refer to their year group’s Medium Term Plan. Our weekly singing assemblies give all children a chance to experience the pleasure of communal music-making and we also regularly enjoy listening to solo and small group instrumental performances in our assemblies.
The Dundonald Musical Trust
Desmond and Joanna Bazley kindly founded the Community Orchestra in 2005. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, performing arrangements specially created by Mr Bazley. The needs of all children are met and players advance in confidence and skill as they move up the school. It was important to Mr Bazley that this work should continue after his death in 2015 and so he established and funded a small charity, the Dundonald Musical Trust, 'to advance the musical education of the children by providing experience of musical ensemble and the opportunity to perform in concerts'.
Sadly Mrs Bazley also died in November 2018 and is greatly missed. However, the Trust continues to oversee the Community Orchestra and its trustees are committed to ensuring that the orchestra continues to thrive.
The Trust pays for a Musical Director to support the Community Orchestra and has also assisted two pupils with the cost of instrument tuition fees.
Parents/carers may wish to make a donation to the Dundonald Musical Trust to ensure its valuable work continues. Cheques can be made out to 'The Dundonald Musical Trust' or money can be transferred to the NatWest Bank, Sort Code 602406, Account No. 87514761.
The school values the support of the community. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch via the school office.
In October 2019, members of the Upper and Lower School choirs, took part in the Merton SingFest at St Mark's Church in Wimbledon.
Beside singing three contrasting songs ('Canoe' song, 'Creepy Castle' and 'Love my Life'), the children put on a great performance. They also had the opportunity to learn some new songs on a London theme and to hear another school performing some of their favourite songs.
It was a fun, music-filled morning and we sang most of the way there and on the way back to school as well!"
Mrs Evans (Music Teacher)