Talented singers from Winterfold School in Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire have produced an excellent rendition of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds as part of their Virtual School Choir.
Over the last two weeks, pupils from Years 3 to 8 at the Prep school have been learning the track during their music lessons and have then recorded their part at home. During their online Celebration Assembly recently, pupils and staff were treated to a performance of this feel-good track. Head of Music Mr Price taught the pupils the song, whilst Dr Caine, one of the School’s talented peripatetic music teachers used his digital expertise to put the video together.
Singing plays an important part in a child’s development, supports learning and emotional advancement and expands memory skills (learning words attached to a tune ensures that the information remains in children’s minds, as we’ve seen with younger children learning the alphabet song).
The power of singing as part of a group has been shown to have a range of health benefits, from providing a sense of happiness that boosts your mood, an improvement in concentration, emotional and physical relaxation, collective bonding, helping to increase your self-confidence and self-esteem and generally improving your health and wellbeing.
Commenting on the project, Head of Music, Mr Price said “It has been the aim of the music department to keep the children learning and performing during lockdown. To achieve this, individual lessons have continued for some 90% of the pupils with our specialist team of individual music teachers”.
Since lockdown, we have embarked on a series of online projects including masterclasses, concerts and virtual ensembles using the latest technology, which allows for many performers to be blended together on the same screen. Such projects are invaluable to bring the school together, albeit virtually, to create a memory for years to come of a different time in our lives and allow the children to shine with their performance and IT skills”.
Head Boy – Louis Malanaphy who was part of the recording said “it’s been amazing to see the end result of our hard work – I feel very proud to have been part of such an uplifting project, which will hopefully bring joy to many people during lockdown and help them to look forward to the future”.
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