Music at NEPS

North Ealing Primary School

At North Ealing Primary we inspire and nurture all our children to become aspirational, lifelong learners through an inclusive, ambitious and engaging curriculum.

Our NEW School’s Music Mission Statement:

  • As a Rights Respecting School, we fully uphold the rights of every child to an education (Article 28), the right of every child to develop their personalities, talents and abilities (Article 30) and the right to take part in cultural/creative activities (Article 31).
  • North Ealing encourages all of its pupils to take advantage of the many provided opportunities to explore the music of all styles, to develop specific musical skills, to engage in a wide variety of musical experiences and to participate in events that provide an outlet for their individual creativity.
  • Incorporating our school’s Learning Values and British Values (notably Mutual Respect and Tolerance), the musical life of North Ealing embraces music of all styles, traditions and cultures – as must be expected within an inclusive and culturally diverse community.
  • We develop and encourage exploration, curiosity and enthusiasm for making music by complementing topics in other curriculum areas, by engaging pupils in practical activities/ public performances and by providing the vocabulary/basic skills that will enable pupils to grow in confidence and provide a valuable outlet for their creativity.
  • Music is not a competition! Music can embrace/involve everybody and our mission is to show our pupils that we are ALL musicians.

With immediate effect commencing September 2nd 2021:

  • School Choir for Years 3-5 will meet from 3:25- 3:55 weekly with a view to performing in school/ community events.
  • Chamber Choir for Year 6 will meet at lunchtimes under the guidance of Ms Limliman and supporting staff with a view to specialising in the contemporary repertoire – option to join school choir available.
  • Training orchestra to meet weekly during lunchtimes for ‘new learners’.
  • Senior orchestra to meet weekly before school to provide more advanced opportunities and extension of skills with support from local High School
  • Instrumental tutors for guitar, woodwind, violin, cello and piano to provide a whole-school assembly showcase termly.
  • Incorporate the use of individual volunteers ( via sign-up) to perform in whole school/ class assemblies as intros and outros.
  • Preparation of musical contributions for current events eg ‘Harvest’, ‘Xmas’ PTA events etc.
  • Embrace community involvement drawing upon local senior schools, volunteer initiatives and direct guidance/performances.

UNICEF Rights of the Child:

Article 29 (goals of education)
Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.

Article 30 (children from minority or indigenous groups)
Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live.

Article 31 (leisure, play and culture)
Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Music at NES Overview (2021 – 22):

Despite the difficulties of 2020, we are gradually rebuilding our musical life at school. From September 2020 and, looking ahead to the academic year 2021-22, we will establish the following:


  1. Our weekly Senior Orchestra had to take ‘furlough’ so we will be working hard to build it up again by working collaboratively with our instrumental teachers, class teachers and specialist staff to rehearse music that will connect player to player again.
  2. A ‘Training Orchestra’ will be run on similar lines for ‘new’ players in order to develop their awareness of playing in a group, responding to the direction and learning the discipline of musicianship.
  3. We are looking forward to welcoming in volunteer students of Notting Hill and Ealing High School to assist with our orchestras and provide ‘live music’ experiences as part of our community involvement and skill-sharing programme of events.
  4. Our wonderful instrumental teachers are also eager to present assemblies featuring their instrument – we have enjoyed many assemblies in the past where pupils have performed to the whole school!
  5. Our thriving tradition of singing is also in need of reconstruction! We will be renewing our ‘Chamber Choir’ for our Year 6 pupils specialising in popular music as well as building up our ‘School Choir’ for Years 3-5 (Year 6 also welcome of course!). These choirs will have ample opportunities to perform in-school, locally and in wider community events ( see below).
  6. Singing Assemblies will be reintroduced as part of our ‘every child a musician’ mission and to enhance the community spirit. Singing together is also a great boost to mental well-being!
  7. The New Model Music Curriculum was published in March 2021 and this has enabled us to develop a revised Music Curriculum in order to reflect ‘best practice’.
  8. A new development is an introduction to teaching a musical instrument by class! A half-term unit in the playing of UKULELE is being introduced to Years ¾ and 5. Sessions will give ALL pupils the experience to play a musical instrument and encourage their interest.
  9. Our new curriculum has a strong focus on SINGING in the early years and the progressive development of traditional, as well as graphic, notation. An early introduction to these skills and the associated vocabulary is the foundation of future progress.
  10. Our new curriculum also ‘looks forward’ to when our Year 6 pupils move on to Year 7 and addresses any new aspects not already covered.

Our EVENTS in a typical year would include:

  • Harvest assembly with choirs/orchestras etc
  • Events with local High Schools
  • The School Christmas Fayre (main choir)
  • Christmas Concert at St.Barnabas
  • Light Up the Lane for choirs as a community event.
  • A Spring Concert to showcase groups and individuals (in 2019 we raised £1,400!)
  • Ealing Schools Music Association (ESMA) concert with other local schools
  • Concerts with local orchestras eg Fulham Symphony Orchestra
  • Our School Summer Fete (choirs)
  • Assemblies to showcase instrumentalists in violin, cello, woodwind, piano and guitar
  • Singing assemblies’ for KS1 and KS2
  • In-house Music lessons taught by a specialist music teacher weekly

Further opportunities:

  • Pupils are encouraged to open and close assemblies with performances on the piano to boost their confidence in a ‘non-exam’ situation
  • Pupils are actively encouraged to form their own groups in music, dance and drama for showcasing whenever possible
  • Pupils may elect to perform a piece to their class as a ‘mini sounding-board’ to develop their confidence.
  • We are actively seeking opportunities to make instrumental lessons available on a more general basis

The Music Staff:

  • Mr N. Mehew teaches music (and philosophy) to Years 1-6 and provides resources for Nursery/Reception.
  • Ms L. Page assists the running of the orchestra/chamber choir and is a string specialist.
  • Ms D.Limliman runs the chamber choir and is a singing specialist.
  • We are fortunate that we have many other members of staff with a love of music who make valued contributions to choirs giving their time freely.
Music Curriculum 2020-21:

For the current Music Curriculum – click here

20 Important benefits of music in our schools:
Nearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. But despite this almost universal interest, many schools are having to do away with their music education programs. This is a mistake, with schools losing not only an enjoyable subject but a subject that can enrich students’ lives and education. Read on to learn why music education is so important, and how it offers benefits even beyond itself.

  1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.
  2. A mastery of memorization: Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.
  3. Students learn to improve their work: Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work instead of mediocre work. This desire can be applied to all subjects of study.
  4. Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.
  5. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievements.
  6. Kids stay engaged in school: An enjoyable subject like music can keep kids interested and engaged in school. Student musicians are likely to stay in school to achieve in other subjects.
  7. Success in society: Music is the fabric of our society, and music can shape abilities and character. Students in band or orchestra are less likely to abuse substances over their lifetime. Musical education can greatly contribute to children’s intellectual development as well.
  8. Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures They also tend to have higher self-esteem and are better at coping with anxiety.
  9. Students learn pattern recognition: Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format.
  10. Better SAT scores: Students who have experience with music performance or appreciation score higher on the SAT. One report indicates 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on math for students in music appreciation courses.
  11. Fine-tuned auditory skills: Musicians can better detect meaningful, information-bearing elements in sounds, like the emotional meaning in a baby’s cry. Students who practise music can have better auditory attention, and pick out predictable patterns from surrounding noise.
  12. Music builds imagination and intellectual curiosity: Introducing music in the early childhood years can help foster a positive attitude toward learning and curiosity. Artistic education develops the whole brain and develops a child’s imagination.
  13. Music can be relaxing: Students can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping kids relax.
  14. Musical instruments can teach discipline: Kids who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument.
  15. Preparation for the creative economy: Investing in creative education can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The new economy has created more artistic careers, and these jobs may grow faster than others in the future.
  16. Development in creative thinking: Kids who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer.
  17. Music can develop spatial intelligence: Students who study music can improve the development of spatial intelligence, which allows them to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures. Spatial intelligence is helpful for advanced mathematics and more.
  18. Kids can learn teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie.
  19. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches kids how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.
  20. Better self-confidence: With encouragement from teachers and parents, students playing a musical instrument can build pride and confidence. Musical education is also likely to develop better communication for students.

© 2019 National Association for Music Education

Instrumental Lessons / Teachers / Costs / Availiability

Which days do you teach?

Lesson costs

£18.00 per 30-minute lessons
(10 lessons per term £180.00)

Contact details

Orpheus Papafilippou
07791 804 764

Details of any vacancies

We have some availability. Please enquire about violin lessons.

Introduction to violin video

Watch on YouTube

Which days do you teach?
Monday and Wednesday

Lesson costs

On enquiry

Contact details

Harry Diplock

Details of any vacancies

A waiting list of 9 children at the moment. Please email to be placed inline.

Which days do you teach?
Monday and Friday

Lesson costs

On enquiry

Contact details

Zillah Myers
07866 081 256

Details of any vacancies

No availability at the moment. Please email to be placed in line

Which days do you teach?

Lesson costs
£13.00 for group tuition
£25.00 for individual lessons

Lessons available

Contact details
Michal Wesolowski
07968 353 074

A variety of YouTube demo videos:

A dedicated webpage where parents can obtain all necessary information and contact me directly to sign up:

Which days do you teach?
Monday and Tuesday

Lesson costs

£18.00 for an individual 30-minute lesson
Enquire for 20 minutes individual lesson

Contact details

Rebecca Imgrueth
07789 718 886

Details of any vacancies

Vacancies for Mondays and Tuesdays

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