Primary School

Learning, achieving, working together


Music at Micklem


'Being a musician has made me feel more grown up.'


'On music days I am really happy and excited about coming to school.'


'When I play my tenor horn and it makes a sound, it makes me feel excited inside.'


'I feel proud to be a musician.'



At Micklem we see music as an invaluable opportunity for children to explore and experience this universal language and the creativity that it can provide.  We aim to engage and inspire pupils in their appreciation of music and their experiences making it, giving them growing confidence, creativity and a sense of achievement.



In music lessons, children learn about a wide range of contemporary and historical music making, explore the key elements of music, develop their own vocal and instrumental skills and use these when composing and improvising their own music.


Specialist instruction is a key part of our provision.  At present all year 3 children learn the ukulele and year 4 are learning the cornet.  Mr. Cuthbert mixes singing, instrumental work, writing, improvising and musical knowledge into his lessons with Year 1, 2, 5 and 6.  Many KS2 children take part in clarinet, brass and guitar lessons.  We have a long running and successful music club.

Our annual music soiree is always a high point of the year with more than 60 children from KS2 performing.



A Micklem musician can listen to and discuss a wide range of music, using vocabulary relating to the different elements of music, can practise and develop instrumental and vocal skills, use these alone or with others and develop their own musical ideas.  Our piece of the week in assemblies and class teaching allow the children to learn about key pieces of recorded music from classical, contemporary and world music traditions.



Year 6 Christmas clarinets

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A great sound being produced by two of our year 6 clarinet players. This is the outcome when practice and effort take place.

Year 5 clarinets

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Year 5 clarinets performing at lunchtime - hence all the staff walking through the performance!

How to access music lessons through the Dacorum Music Service

Life Music


Life Music provide guitar lessons to some of our children. If you are interested in your child having guitar lessons please ask at the school office for a letter detailing their contact details and costs. Alternatively please have a look at their website.