Aiming High Learning for Life


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen with discrimination to a variety of music from a range of traditions and genres.

Pupils have access to a wide variety of instruments in school including:

  • Djembes
  • Recorders
  • Ocarinas
  • Samba Drums
  • Drum Kits
  • Ukuleles
  • Beat Boards
  • Glockenspiels
  • Xylophones
  • Keyboards
  • Boomwhackers
  • Usual classroom percussion instruments

Amongst many other exciting opportunities, highlights during a child’s musical journey at Putnoe include:

  • Producing an opera
  • Interacting with professional musicians
  • Whole class instrumental tuition on steel pans
  • Traktor 2 DJ-ing
  • Garage Band tuition
  • Philharmonia and/or London Symphony Orchestra trips
  • Experience recording and creating their own music
  • Instrumental lessons (at an additional cost-see below)

We have experienced visiting instrumental staff, offering specialist lessons on brass instruments, string instruments, woodwind instruments, vocal technique, drum kit, keyboard and guitar. This service is offered through Bedford Music Co-operative and can be booked through their website linked below.

Our extra-curricular activities over the academic year include musical theatre, music technology club, orchestra, composition club, ukulele orchestra, choir, rock band as well as practice sessions held at lunchtimes. The school choir has been particularly successful winning awards and competitions.

For children who are learning the cello, practice music can be found by clicking here.