Our school was fortunate to be involved with North Tyneside Learning Trust’s Battle of the iPad bands in 2018 and we are privileged to enter again in 2019. Using Apple’s Garageband App, a group of 15 children from year 5 worked together to recreate a popular song using a range of virtual instruments.
iPad band ultimately allows pupils, who would not usually get the opportunity to learn to play an instrument, to engage with music as part of a group.
Pupils learn the steps of playing each instrument before choosing an instrument that they feel they are better at, and together they learn the notes to recreate a song.
In 2018, Hazlewood’s ipad band learned how to play Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ and played this at the Whitley Bay Playhouse alongside 13 other schools and a packed auditorium. Additionally, they performed their song to whole school and parents during an assembly.
As a result of taking part in this project, many of the pupils have taking up music tuition to develop their music skills further.