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Argyle primary is a two-form entry junior school located in Kings Cross. Dan Garcia visits three times a term to teach Early Years music to the Reception and Year One classes. It is a vibrant and friendly school with a very active and varied music department.
Dan says: "Argyle is a fantastic place to teach music. The staff and students are always welcoming and happy to see me. The children are always keen to learn new DaCapo songs and always enjoy the lessons and their music making. Annette, who is Head of Music, is fantastic and a great supporter of the DaCapo approach."
Christ Church Primary in Chelsea is a relatively small school with an emphasis on providing a broad and varied curriculum that meets the needs of all children. The school prides itself on offering specialist music provision and DaCapo has a strong presence at the school: Will Dollard teaches whole class music, Dan Garcia teaches drums and piano, and guitar is taught by Andy Scott and Josh Geffin.
Josh says: “It’s a joy to work at a school with a passion for music-making and the fact that the DaCapo approach is taught in the classroom makes it really easy for me as a DaCapo-trained instrumental tutor to slot in. The children know the songs and have all the musical tools to transfer them to their chosen instrument. All round, the music programme at Christ Church feels integrated and lively.”
Collingham Gardens Nursery is a community nursery in Central London that is known for its small size, warm atmosphere and free-play-based ethos, based on the ideas of Margaret McMillan. The nursery provides full-time daycare in two rooms: one for 8 two-year olds and the other for 16 three and four-year-olds. The older children receive a weekly DaCapo session with Susie Blankfield.
Susie says: “Collingham Gardens is a very special nursery that nurtures and encourages its children through a wealth of creative experiences. Energy levels always run high in the weekly DaCapo session, and the caring and dedicated nursery staff support the children’s love of singing (and making loads of noise!).”
Dollis Junior is a large school in Mill Hill. Sally and Dan share the DaCapo music lessons, teaching every class in the school, from Years 3 to 6. The school has strong links with Barnet Educational Arts Trust (BEAT), who have their office next door, so there are opportunities for children to have instrumental lessons, Year 3 are learning violin and cello in whole class strings lessons, and last year school choir sung at the Albert Hall! Children who take part in these activities bring their high level of musicianship to our lessons. We teach in an old demountable classroom, which alternates between boiling hot and freezing cold!
Etz Chaim is a new primary school in Mill Hill. It is still growing, and currently has one class per year from Nursery to Year 4. Sally visits three times a term to teach DaCapo music. Music, particularly singing, is very much part of day-to-day activities, especially Jewish Studies, and the class teachers help with reinforcing activities and songs between Sally's visits. Consequently, the children sing beautifully and pick up new songs quickly.
Malorees Infants is a large school with big classes and a welcoming atmosphere. Year Two teacher Rachel Groves has introduced the children to the DaCapo Approach throughout her time there, giving the children a good understanding of music. Dan Garcia visits weekly to teach three reception classes and the nursery.
Dan says: "Malorees is a great school to be involved with. The teachers and students alike have such high regard for the DaCapo approach and are always pleased to see me when I arrive. The children are very creative and have fantastic musical ideas during lessons, making my visits varied and exciting."