Staff and pupils sing the praises of music block

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Pupils at a Morpeth school are hitting the high notes in a new state-of-the-art facility.

The music block at Newminster Middle School and Technology College was built over a period of six months and all the equipment was put in place ready for the start of the new term in September.

Making a tune or two are pupils (left to right) Daisy Duddell, Charlotte Douglas, Matthew Daglish and Emma Laverick.

Making a tune or two are pupils (left to right) Daisy Duddell, Charlotte Douglas, Matthew Daglish and Emma Laverick.

As well as a range of instruments, there are some new computers to do music-related work and production and a flexible dividing wall that can divide the block into two rooms when necessary.

The school has also acquired a new music teacher, Charlotte Jones, who is delighted with the new facility.

She said: “This block gives us a creative space where we can provide practical music teaching without disturbing other lessons and it is already having a positive impact on pupils’ learning and their music creativity.

“We have got some incredibly talented children here at Newminster – both instrumentalists and singers. We have started a whole school singing initiative, which is working very well, and a range of new ensembles have been set up.”

Students have also spoken highly of the new facility. Alissa Gourlay, who is in Year 8, said: “Our new music department is fresh and unique.

Fellow Year 8 pupil Maisy Wilcox added: “It is a great place for us to work.”

Choirs and a ceilidh band, brass band and samba band utilise the music block and at the moment, it is often being used for rehearsals for a big concert that will feature all the schools in the Morpeth Partnership.

‘Music from the Movies: A Festival of Music’, will take place in the Sage Gateshead on Tuesday, November 25.

Ms Jones said she is looking forward to seeing different age groups come together for the concert.