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In Harmony programme

Each week, we run a ‘Tots in Harmony’ drop in session for parents and their tots (aged 0 – 2 years) , which is a fun, musical way of increasing your child’s development.


Every week the whole school (teachers too) start their day off with ‘Shake Up and Sing’.


Children in Nursery and Reception have musicianship lessons each week learning new sounds, rhythms, and songs helping to increase confidence, learning, listening and reading skills.


In Year One, children continue with their musicianship lessons, and also get the opportunity to learn a stringed instrument (Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass), in small groups twice a week.  All children will get to choose which instrument they can play, and will get their own instrument that is the right size for them.


In Year Two, children continue with their instrument and musicianship lessons as well as all becoming members of the West Everton Children’s Orchestra; learning about orchestral playing, reading music and following a conductor. The teachers play instruments as part of West Everton Children’s Orchestra too, so children sit side by side with their teachers, all making an amazing musical sound together.


We also run after school clubs from Year Two, including Year 2 Mini Strings, Year 3 Mini Strings and Junior Strings (Years 4-6). Children can stay after school to play more music, and have fun with their friends.


In Year Three children continue with musicianship and instrument lessons, as well as Mini Strings after school.


From Year Four children get the opportunity to do an ‘Arts Award’ and start Composition too. We also run Junior Strings after school twice a week so children can continue to play and learn after school.


In Years 5 and 6 children can choose to learn a new orchestral instrument – we have budding trombonists, clarinettists and percussionists – all accessing up to 4.5 hours of music making per week with opportunities to be involved in after school ensembles.


In Harmony also runs a choir with the school during lunchtimes. This is something new that started in 2014 and it is already proving to be really popular.


More than this however, by the time your child reaches the end of year 6, their overall musical development will have included:

  • involvement in 20+ performances, including high profile, prestigious concerts in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and nationally at venues such as the Southbank Centre, the Royal Albert Hall and the Sage Gateshead
  • taking part in over 150 orchestra and ensemble rehearsals
  • singing in ensembles every school day
  • developing high levels of musicianship through their lessons, rehearsals and musicianship classes
  • composing and performing their own music and collaborating with other young musicians
  • regularly working with local, national and international world class musicians
  • achieving excellent musical knowledge and understanding through attending frequent live performances by visiting professional artists, ensembles and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • completion of Arts Award Explore


Since the In Harmony programme began at Faith Primary school there have been significant increases in attainment, attendance and wellbeing across the school. There are five other In Harmony programmes in the country, so this really is a rare opportunity that is available to all children at Faith.