Music at NEPS

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.

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.

  1. Singing remains a key feature of the school through its choir, singing assemblies and use of the ‘Sing Up’ and ‘Charanga’ resource banks that gives easy access to songs that complement / extend work in other subjects by class teachers.
  2. Our school has started using the new ‘Charanga’ music scheme throughout the school.
  3. Our in-house orchestra continues to build and provide opportunities for our many instrumentalists to develop their skills.
  4. We continue to build links with Notting Hill and Ealing High School through their volunteer scheme assisting with orchestra.
  5. Our wonderful instrumental teachers are also eager to present assemblies featuring their instruments – we have enjoyed many assemblies in the past where pupils have performed for the whole school!
  6. Singing Assemblies are again in place as part of our ‘every child is a musician mission and to encourage community spirit. Singing together is also a great boost to mental well-being!

Our EVENTS in a typical year would include:

  • Harvest assembly with choirs/orchestras etc
  • The School Christmas Fair (main choir and/or KS1 choir)
  • Christmas Concerts
  • ‘Light Up the Lane’ for choirs as a community event.
  • A Spring/Summer Concert to showcase groups and individuals
  • Our School’s Summer Fete (choirs)
  • Special assemblies to showcase instrumentalists in violin, cello, woodwind, piano and guitar led by their tutors
  • Special events based on music/dance eg ‘Indian Dance’ workshops, Drumming workshops, visits to concerts in local secondary schools
  • ‘Singing assemblies’ for KS1 and KS2
    In-house Music lessons taught/guided by a 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

The Music Staff:

  1. Ms L. Page leads the orchestra and accompanies school concerts on the piano
  2. Mr R Haines who teaches class music for all year groups
  3. 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 2023-24:

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 on the 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

On enquiry

Contact details

Rebecca Lewis
07789 718 886

Details of any vacancies

Vacancies for Mondays and Tuesdays