The Radclyffe School, Oldham joined MiSST in 2020
There are currently 300 students on the Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme learning the violin, trumpet and cornet.
This year has been our very first year as part of the MiSST programme and our students have loved every minute of it. All the students have been really positive about the programme and have taken great pride in being the first cohort on the MiSST programme at the Radclyffe school. The students have shown great enthusiasm for the programme and are always mentioning how excited they are when they realise that they have music as their next lesson.
Overall the students have enjoyed every second of being part of the MiSST programme. We have seen an increased level in theoretical knowledge being undertaken from our Year 7’s, which we feel will massively help in the later stages when students opt for GCSE music in a few years time. Students are already answering GCSE style questions to a high standard when analysing the different elements of music, which is a skill that we have seen past GCSE pupils sometimes struggle with. We are also seeing the increased confidence in performance that are students are getting from the MiSST programme. Regular group performances in front of each other every lesson as well as expert group tuition means that all the students are gaining the vital solo & ensemble performance skills required in order to become a competent musician. We can’t wait to see the benefits that this classical music programme will have to our students in the later stages of their education at The Radclyffe School.
Quote from Head of Department Dan Corrigan
"The Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme has had a huge impact on our students in a very short space of time. The ability to provide each and every student with their own instrument has enabled practical music making to continue safely in the currently unstable educational landscape. Our first cohort of MiSST students were given a choice of learning to play the violin or the trumpet/cornet. We chose to offer students the trumpet as Oldham has a rich historical brass band heritage. In this way, the MiSST programme plays an important role in connecting our students’ wide range of cultural backgrounds with the community in which they live, promoting cultural cohesion and inclusion. On one particular day, whilst lining students up to move to their lesson, one student asked if today was the day he’d get his violin. When he was informed that it was, he exclaimed “This violin is going to change my life!” Students reacted with great excitement to receiving their instruments and can’t wait to play them. They are spending their social times trying to find a space on the school site where they can practise ready for their next lesson. The whole building is buzzing with music!"
Quote from MiSST student
"MiSST has provided me with an opportunity to play an instrument that I otherwise might not have had outside of school. Within music I have been learning some theoretical elements of music as well as some practical playing techniques on my chosen instrument. All of which I have been enjoying. I have particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to not only perform as a soloist in front of my class, but I have Also enjoyed performing as part of an ensemble with my classmates. I have made huge progress from the start of this academic year and this is all down to the fantastic teaching staff and my love for the MiSST programme. I did find it difficult to play at the start, but with my confidence building with the more practice I did, the easier and more enjoyable I found playing the violin."
Quote from Head Teacher John Cregg
"This has been our first year in the MiSST programme. Despite all the challenges of beginning this adventure in such a difficult year we are thrilled to be part of this. It has been great to see all our Year 7 enthusiasm and excitement as they have got their trumpet, cornet or violin and begin on the journey of learning to play them. This offers our students a unique opportunity that other students in other schools do not get. The MiSST programme gives a new and exciting dimension to our curriculum and enriches the life of the school. We are very much looking forward to having the opportunity to see our students perform to live audiences as restriction caused by the pandemic ease and we move into our second year on the MiSST programme."