My name is Karen Armitage and I am the Head of the Music Department in St Andrew’s College Junior School. I have been teaching for 21 years and this is my eleventh year teaching in this school. I have studied singing, piano, violin, musical theatre and music theory passing the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Royal Irish Academy of Music and London College of Music examinations. I have a DipLCM in Musical Theatre and qualifications in Montessori teaching.
We are so lucky to have a wonderful team of nine music teachers who bring a wealth of experience and passion to their teaching every day. Our highlights of the year are our Carol Services, P6 Musical, Performing Arts Festival and our end of year Summer Concert which involves the children singing, dancing and acting - a lot of work, a huge amount of fun and the benefits are immeasurable! We also have two thriving choirs and a string orchestra. I believe exciting opportunities such as these encourage children to grow in confidence whilst giving each child a sense of responsibility and commitment to their peers. Children constantly amaze us by how talented, creative and inspiring they can be.
Our exciting developments over the past number of years have been the introduction of individual and group instrument lessons to approximately 160 students during the school day where children can choose from a range of instruments – piano, violin, cello, double bass, guitar, ukulele, drums and voice. We also teach a String Programme to all children from K2 up to P6. The children learn to play violin in their class groups from K2 and can choose violin, cello or double bass from P3 onwards.
I look forward to working with your children in the coming year as we sing, perform, compose, play and enjoy the many wonderful opportunities and experiences learning music can provide.
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