Hi, we are Tom and Jack, the Music teachers of Milestone Academy. Music is huge a part of the culture here at Milestone. It allows our students to engage and learn through their enjoyment of the subject. We are well equipped with drums, djembes, guitars, keyboards, along with a large variety of other percussion and toned instruments.
There is something for everyone in music. Some classes enjoy being taught how to play melodies on the keyboard and xylophone. In these lesson pupils are taught how to read basic musical score. Other classes enjoy sensory stories which involve pupil interaction on instruments to resemble the different characters that appear. This year one favourite has been Jack and the Beanstalk within this story we use the big bass drum to represent the giant’s footsteps and the guitar to represent the golden magic harp (unfortunately, within our array of instruments a golden harp is not one of those we can offer the students).
Sensory focused lessons enthrall and bring awe and wonderment to learning for our sensory and PMLD classes. We have a variety of specialist instruments that change in pitch when moved, touched or squeezed. We also have light-up, sound sensitive apparatus that change in colour, size and shape when a noise is made. 1:1 music sessions and 1:1 tuition on the drums, keyboard and guitar are also provided for our learners.
If you’re a parent or carer of one of the pupils at Milestone Academy, and you’ve ever heard your child singing “Ay Oh Captain Jack” or “We’re going this way, that way, portside starboard over the deep blue sea”, our sincerest apologies. Music assemblies are a big part of the week for our students here at Milestone and we enjoy singing songs everyone can join in on!
In Years 10 and 11, pupils study Arts award which involves the study and development of skills on a classroom instrument of the student’s choice. In sixth form, everyone has a music session within an Arts Carousel with Art and Dance. Every year parents, carers and pupils are treated to an FE Arts production.
We select a class each year to join us at the Longfield Summer Concert. The students learn how to sing a set of songs together, and then perform them at Longfield Academy alongside other schools from the local area. They are also able to pick their own class song which they sing by themselves. The pupils never cease to amaze when they perform at this event.
We hope this has given you a little insight to the music here at Milestone Academy.