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Music is an important part of the life of Woodside Academy. We have the Sing Up Award and sing daily in assemblies and as part of lessons, we have Junior and Infant choirs and a very popular steel pan band, Woodside Steel, which is often invited to play at borough events. In year 3 all children learn to play steel pans and in year 4 the recorder. Individual lessons on any instrument are an ideal next step but children can start private music lessons here when they start school. Parents can choose to have individual or small group music lessons for their child during school time. Thurrock Music Services provide 10 lessons each term for £56  and children can learn Piano, Keyboard, Violin, Guitar, Percussion or Woodwind instruments as well as Singing. Our concerts at the end of each term feature musical plays showcasing the talents of different years in turn. Recent productions include Scrooge, Matilda, Cats, The Jungle Book, Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves plus the Christmas and Easter stories. We were recently able to have a Gamelan orchestra and tutor in the school and hope to repeat this amazing experience next year. We have made a professionally produced CD of Christmas Carols which is on sale from the school office.  Music is coordinated by Mrs Conroy.