Ramsgate Arts Primary pupils take a journey ‘Bach to the Future’

Musical fun at RAPS

Bach to the Future took children on a musical journey through time at Ramsgate Arts Primary.

Kent Music’s professional musicians conducted a packed hall of pupils on a sonic trip from the days of Bach around 300 years ago to the present.

They demonstrated the woodwind, string and brass sections of the orchestra and explained how instruments react to sound vibrations whether caused by blowing, plucking, strumming or bowing.

The trio also showed how the most basic of home-grown instruments can be played – a length of hose and a funnel became a brass instrument; a series of straws joined together and played like a rudimentary clarinet; and a broom pole, string and bucket upright bass.

The roadshow aims to inspire children to learn a musical instrument and to encourage an understanding of just how valuable music is to our world and to our everyday lives.

Assistant Head of School Hannah Dannell said: “The band played a variety of familiar tunes including TV theme tunes, songs from the movie and some recognisable classical songs.

“Our audience of pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed learning about the instruments and how they use vibration to create sound. They were mesmerised by the musicians and loved it when they recognised the tunes, as well as joining in with the songs.

“The aim of the roadshow is to inspire children to take up an instrument and with more than a hundred children at the school already having music lessons, we hope that even more will take up the opportunity.”

Head of School Nick Budge said: “The roadshow was brilliant – it had all the pupils enthralled and it really supported the type of learning that we are offering. Music is one of our cornerstone subjects as an arts specialist school and Kent Music is very supportive of what we are achieving.”

The school currently hosts sessions for its own rock band, as well as providing lessons in guitar, drums, keyboards and vocals.  Pupils play and sing at a variety of functions in and out of school all year round ranging from nativities to end of term productions

The school also holds the UK Association for Music Education ‘music mark’ recognition to honour its “commitment to providing high quality music education for all children and young people.”

Ramsgate Arts Primary School focusses on specialist teaching of arts subjects including dance, music, drama and art, in specially-designed studios, while also delivering a broad primary curriculum.