Fanfare as pupils take up trumpet scheme

A VILLAGE school is trumpeting the arrival of a pioneering music scheme. Year 4 pupils at Melbourn Primary School are learning to play the trumpet with the aid of a batch of pocket trumpets. Head teacher Jacqueline Bell-Cook said: I used to work for the

A VILLAGE school is trumpeting the arrival of a pioneering music scheme.

Year 4 pupils at Melbourn Primary School are learning to play the trumpet with the aid of a batch of pocket trumpets.

Head teacher Jacqueline Bell-Cook said: "I used to work for the local education authority in Newcastle.

"One of my ex-colleagues, who is a keen trumpet player, has designed this scheme of work to get more children into playing music, so I asked if we could use it here at Melbourn."


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The school has bought a pocket trumpet - a small version of the trumpet which makes the same sound as its larger sibling - for each child in Year 4.

Mrs Bell-Cook said: "Usually music is one of those subjects you can only do if you pay for it, and we wanted to make this course inclusive for everyone.

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"The good thing about it is that the children are already playing tunes.

"There's not a long period where you are just learning one note at a time, which can get very frustrating."

The school has also employed a specialist music teacher to conduct the trumpet lessons, and teach Year 3 pupils the recorder.

"So far the children have been great, they're really thrilled when they get the chance to play the trumpets," said Mrs Bell-Cook.

"We were hoping to have a Christmas concert, but they're not quite ready for that.

"But we definitely hope to be able to put on a performance towards the end of next term.

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