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 school’s MUSIC mission statement:

North Ealing encourages all of its pupils to take advantages of the many provided opportunities to explore the music of all styles, to develop specific musical skills, to engage in a wide range of musical experiences and to participate in events that provide an outlet for their individual creativity.

Our mission is to embrace the music of all traditions and styles and encourage exploration, curiosity and enthusiasm for making music. We are a community of musicians!

“Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children’s education.” – Yo-Yo Ma – cellist


“With music, one’s whole future life is brightened. This is such a treasure in life that it helps us over many troubles and difficulties. Music is nourishment, a comforting elixir. Music multiplies all that is beautiful and of value in life.” – Zoltan Kodaly – music educator

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 (2020-21):

Despite the difficulties of 2020, we are gradually rebuilding our musical life at school.

Our two orchestras, three choirs and recorder group have had to take ‘furlough’ for the time being -but we have managed to re-instate instrumental lessons in violin, cello, flute, clarinet, piano and guitar.

We have also managed to start a small string group with Years 3 and 4 (meeting separately) to make progression back to our full orchestra with wind, brass, strings, percussion and guitars as soon as possible.

Our thriving choirs are also on leave – the main choir (Years 3-6), the chamber choir (Year 6) and the KS1 Singing Club. Their music-making is greatly missed as are our weekly ‘Singing Assemblies’.

On a more positive note, we have taken advantage of the ‘time out’ to completely rewrite our music curriculum to maximise the impact of our mission statement, to draw on the excellent resources of the ‘BBC Ten Pieces’ initiative and, above all, link lessons to the topics being undertaken in class. Please see the link below.

We give our singers access to backing tracks/lyrics for home use, our instrumentalists access to backing tracks for the orchestra and for all pupils access to online resources to supplement their learning and understanding of music.

Our online classroom (Google Classroom) ensures that lessons in Music have been made available throughout the lockdown period and these lessons will continue into the future.

Our EVENTS in a typical year would include:

  • Harvest assembly with choirs/orchestras etc
  • Events with local High Schools eg Notting Hill 2019 on an environmental theme
  • The School Christmas Fayre (main choir and KS1 Singing club)
  • Christmas Concert at St.Barnabas
  • A Spring Concert to showcase groups and individuals (in 2019 we raised £1 400!)
  • Ealing Schools Music Association (ESMA) concert with other local schools
  • The Wembley Stadium ‘Voice in a Million’ concert cancelled this year!
  • Concerts with local orchestras eg Fulham Symphony Orchestra
  • Our School Summer Fete (choirs)
  • Assemblies to showcase instrumentalists in violin, cello, woodwind, piano and guitar
  • Fortnightly ‘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 generic propecia buy 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 achievement.
  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 practice 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 per 30-minute lessons
(10 lessons per term £180)
Contact details
Orpheus Papafilippou
07791 804 764
Details of any vacancies
We have some availability. Please enquire for violin lessons.
Introduction to violin video
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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
£9 for group tuition
£18 for individual lessons
Contact details
Michal Wesolowski
07968 353 074
Details of any vacancies
Please enquire

Which days do you teach?
Monday and Tuesday
Lesson costs
£16.50 for an individual 30-minute lesson
Enquire for 20 minutes individual lesson
Contact details
Rebecca Imgrueth
07789 718 886
Details of any vacancies
No vacancies for Monday
Tuesday vacancies available