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 discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
The National Curriculum (2014) 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 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.
The aims of our music teaching and learning are to;
- Enable each child to grow musically at his/her own level and pace.
- Foster musical responsiveness.
- Support children’s instinctive drive for sensory experience.
- Give pupils a means of both verbal and non-verbal experience.
- Develop an awareness and appreciation of organised sound patterns.
- Develop instrumental and vocal skills.
- Develop aural imagery.
- Develop sensitive, analytical and response to music.
- Develop the capacity to express ideas, thought and feeling through music.
- Develop an awareness and understanding of musical traditions, styles and cultures from other places and times.
- Foster enjoyment of all aspects of music.