Music

“Music has the power of producing a certain effect on the moral character of the soul, and if it has the power to do this, it is clear that the young must be directed to music and must be educated in it.”

–          Aristotle, Politics

Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our school, music can bring us together through the shared endeavor of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils performing.

Aims

  • Give every child the opportunity to experience enjoyment through a variety of musical activities and to respond to musical emotions
  • Develop a child’s understanding of music through these activities
  • Help children of all abilities develop positive attitudes and to experience success and satisfaction in music.
  • Develop social skills through co-operation with others in the shared experience of music making.
  • Develop an understanding of musical traditions and enhance performance skills by learning and performing music in a variety of cultures.
  • Give children the opportunity to perform music both vocally and with instruments
  • Encourage the children to explore a wide range of sounds
  • Give them the opportunity to compose music and express their ideas and feelings through music
  • Experience listening to music of a variety of styles and cultures
  • Develop a child’s appreciation of the richness of our musical heritage
  • Provide an array of performance opportunities so children can feel part of a community
  • Encourage high standards in performance
  • Be motivated to enjoy and succeed in music
  • Encourage children to express ideas and opinions about music
  • Give each child the opportunity to develop their musical talents
  • Develop an appropriate vocabulary to help them understand and discuss their own work and that of others

Why is music important?

The music curriculum ensures students listen, perform, compose and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly hymn practise, assembly performances, various concerts and performances; and the learning of instruments. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons through Charanga scheme from Jan 2022 so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed.

#1 Music is for Life

#2 Music Improves Learning Skills

#3 Music is an Educational Building Block

#4 Music Encourages Creativity

#5 Music is Fun

#6 Music Fosters Team Working

#7 Music Boosts School Improvement

#8 Music Underpins Better Behaviour

#9 Music is for Everybody

#10 Music Builds Life Skills

 

About our Scheme of Work

The Charanga Musical School Scheme is used for week-by-week lessons. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the national curriculum.

In line with the curriculum for music and guidance from Ofsted, this Scheme moves away from the previous levels and learning objective/outcome concepts to an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning.

Additional instrument teaching is also provided – ocarina, recorder and ukulele.