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Music is a universal form of communication, able to elicit a response even when its structure and vocabulary are not fully understood.

We enjoy our music at Scissett. It develops the children's social, creative and artistic skills and forms a foundation for a fulfilling and interesting quality of life. For some it is the beginning of a specialised career and for others it enriches their life as a leisure activity.

Scissett Middle School String Ensemble   

What do we offer?

Each child has one class music lesson each week lasting for one hour. In each lesson we sing, create music in groups and listen to and evaluate each other's performances.

In all year groups we study conventional music notation and graphic notation. We develop our listening skills through all kinds of music including World Music. Music is assessed through understanding the nature of music, communicating through creative music making and evaluation of each other's work -  National Curriculum levels are used as part of this and key pieces of work and performances are recorded.

In Year 8 the pupils have the opportunity to work in Rock band formation, using the ‘Musical Futures’ way of working.

Music enrichment activities

Every child in our school has the opportunity to join any of our lunchtime clubs. No need to be cold and wet in the playground! Look at the list below:

  • Ukulele Club – this is for any pupils with a desire to play ukulele. We have plenty of ukuleles to go around!
  • Brass Ensemble – this is for any pupils who play a brass instrument.
  • Woodwind Ensemble – this if for any pupils who play a woodwind instrument.

  • Pop Choir – for boys and girls who just like to sing - no auditions just for enjoyment.
  • String ensemble - this is for violins, violas, cellos, double basses and guitars.
  • Pupils are welcome to set up their own pop groups and places to rehearse are made available and organized by Mr Szyszlo.

Members of Scissett Middle School Pop Choir

Music staff

We have one full time music class teacher, Mr M Osborne and 9 peripatetic staff from Kirklees Music School who offer lessons on the following:

  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Acoustic & electric guitar
  • Keyboard & piano
  • Voice

Around a hundred children have lessons from Kirklees Music School and many more have private lessons.

Two members of Only Boys Aloud

We embrace our Gifted and Talented musicians in school by providing extra activities for them to perform and many of our Additional Needs pupils have lessons on an instrument.

We organise concerts throughout the year, for example the annual Christmas Concert and Summer Concert. This year’s ‘Christmas Cracker’ was exactly that, a cracker! It featured ensembles and soloists from the many talented musicians at Scissett Middle School.

This year our Woodwind Ensemble has also performed at the National Festival of Music for Youth in March and did us all proud! This Festival is one of many taking place across the country giving school, community, music centre and County groups a chance to perform and we will receive an adjudication on our performance.

Our summer concert ‘Scissett Fest 2015’ was held on Thursday 2nd July 2015. The pupils rocked the audience with a variety of solos and ensemble performances.

Scissett Middle School Wind Ensemble

During the year we create many different opportunities for our children to make music. The school has hosted diversity days where music was one of the featured activities and we enjoyed workshops including Indian and Chinese music.

We invite professional musicians into school to work with our pupils, including groups from The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the Kirklees Music School peripatetic staff orchestra who perform to the children at Christmas.

We are an Arts Mark Gold School, which is a national award lasting for 3 years each time - we have received this award 4 times. In conjunction with the Art Department, we enter pupils for the Arts Award scheme in Year 8.

Music enjoys a high profile in this school.

Kirklees Music School Bands

Scissett Middle School Music department regularly invite the Kirklees Music School Staff Orchestra to entertain the pupils at some point every year. This year they performed just before Christmas, treating us to an array of festive and orchestral pieces. Thom Meredith, the conductor, quizzed pupils on their knowledge of the orchestra and the pieces they heard.

Kirklees Music School Staff Rock Band entertained our pupils with a whistle stop tour of popular music from the Blues to the present day.