As with art & design, we recognise that music can be seen as a universal language that again embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We believe that a good 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 discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
Our aim in music includes the opportunities for all pupils to:
- enjoy, 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 musicians
- 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 excellence
- 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.
- We foster a love of music within the school by giving all our children opportunities to listen to and perform music.
Our children love singing and we teach a wide variety of songs in all our classes. The older children join with other first schools to extend skills. Children in years 3 and 4 learn a stringed instrument and we hope to encourage many of these to continue with individual lessons. Throughout the school, the children benefit from external singing tuition.
We also have visiting music teachers who provide tuition for a whole range of instruments.