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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.”
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."