Music is the art of thinking with sounds – Jules Combarieu
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with a critical and reflective ear.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods,
genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and
with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology
appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including
through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations
Music is taught across the school and differentiated appropriately from EYFS to Year 6. Teachers can use Charanga, alongside the National Curriculum strands to support the teaching of Music. In addition children with a particular interest in Music, are taught by specialist piano, guitar and drum teachers to further develop and enhance their skills. Teachers use their cross curricular topic plans to create any obvious links to their current topics.
During the year, each class enjoys the opportunity to perform and share their music in lots of different ways. This could be through class performances, nativity shows, plays and as presentations to parents, demonstrating individual pupils’ progress from their music lessons.