Music Department Expansion At Lower Campus Hits All The Right Notes With Students

The Music Department at Louth Academy Lower Campus, which has been improved and extended to three classrooms. Samantha Baker, Curriculum Leader for Music and Performing Arts, is pictured with Year 8 students (l-r) Kristian Tolley, Oliver Warne, Cody Atkinson, Sam North, Jamie Atkinson and Alana Marper.

An expansion of the Music Department with purpose-built classrooms for students to develop their instrumental and music technology skills has brought about a renewed excitement and a thirst for learning at Louth Academy.

The new facilities at the Lower Campus will afford students the space and resources to develop their skills, without fear of disturbing neighbouring departments.

Sam Baker, Curriculum Leader for Music, said: "The large open space of our first new classroom is perfect for group instrumental lessons and class ensemble work, to put our class sets of djembes and samba kits to good use.

"The impressive computer suite next door is resourced with hi-tech equipment allowing students to sequence and produce their own work, with the help of computer software. In addition, the teaching room is a great space for music theory and singing – especially with our brand-new Yamaha Clavinova piano at the front.

"Importantly, the new space has allowed us to continue our provision of Music Clubs and expand to run exciting new activities, like Samba band and Performing Arts Club."

Students in Years 7 and 8 have given their approval to the new Music Department and are excited to get involved. Ben Weston-Tattam said: "The new facilities and instruments are really great and will make music lessons much better."

Jody Wright said: "There is so much more space to work and practice."

Liam Porter added: "The new keyboards are amazing, and allow us to create so many new ideas."

Jamie Atkinson and Alana Marper (back) in the Music Technology Suite.

Jamie Atkinson, Oliver Warne and Alana Marper on drums.

The impressive Music Technology Suite allows students to sequence and produce their own work.

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Philip C Dickinson
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