This year, links have been made with secondary schools in some areas and First Access classes have met for a morning at a secondary school to play to each other, listen to music from some of the secondary school students and perform together.
The "Each Perform!" event used the same material published by Trinity College and each was unique because of the varying combinations of musicians and the different talents and skills they brought to the ensemble. If you are interested in taking part in something like this, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Access success
Fist Access in Music has been a huge success at Ashfield. We are now in our third year. The sound of the djembe resonates around the school; and when our year 6 children are combining their complex rhythms the whole hall vibrates and it makes your skin tingle. Our children love it – it’s the highlight of their week. Our parents so enjoy the performances and open lessons. One parent said, “Music lessons are often seen as elitist, but this is truly inclusive”. And it is. Our children with concentration difficulties learn to concentrate; those with confidence issues become much more self assured; those who excel academically suddenly find that they are learning something so completely new that they might be “a bit rubbish” at first (this can be an alarming novelty for some)–but they learn perseverance and to laugh at themselves. It’s fantastic teamwork.
Believe it or not, it also improves reading and spelling! It’s true – all our children with significant special needs who have done First Access can segment words into syllables and use this in their reading and spelling.