In addition to curriculum music lessons at Greenvale, there is a wide variety of enrichment activities and opportunities to experience live music. At the beginning of the year students are given the choice of musical enrichment activities that they would like to do. This year we have choir, drumming, rock band, ukulele, strings and music tech groups. Student son the Glade Pathway have a term of music enrichment within the classroom. Students have opportunities to develop their musicianship skills, as well as develop confidence, communication and self-steam.
Greenvale has started an Open Orchestra in September 2018. The orchestra makes orchestras accessible to young disabled people by promoting a young-people-centered approach, providing access to innovative digital instruments as well as traditional ones, and offering adapted musical repertoire.
For further information see: https://www.openorchestras.org/
6 of our students are learning violin and cello. Last year, 2 students achieved Silver Musical Medal from ABRSM.
Community Opera Project
This annual event involves 10 students from Greenvale participating in a fully staged opera with the local community. Over 100 singers and instrumentalists from the local community perform alongside local primary school children, students from local special schools, students from Trinity Laban and a cast of professionals to create a production of great energy and originality as well as high artistic worth. The project is led by a fully professional creative team. The opera in July 2018 was Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
Live music opportunities
Royal Opera House - schools matinee
London Philharmonic Orchestra - concerts at South bank Center and in school workshops
London Symphony Orchestra - concerts at the Barbican Center and in school workshops
Blackheath Hall lunchtime recitals
St John the Baptist lunchtime recitals
Live bands - The AutistiXs performed in Summer 2018 at Greenvale School.
Our Music Enrichment Teacher Gary works Monday and Tuesday. Arthur from Lewisham Music works Tuesday mornings with Gary on the Open Orchestra Project, and Sarah from Lewisham Music teaches strings on Thursday mornings.