The National Curriculum for the teaching of Music in Primary schools aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music.
- Be taught to sing, create and compose music.
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
At St Mary’s our intention is that children gain a firm appreciation and understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing. This will be done through the study of various musical genres, styles and traditions from a range of historical periods. Our key objectives are that all students will develop a curiosity about the subject alongside an acceptance and understanding of all types of Music. Most importantly we wish to cultivate an unbiased respect for the unique role that music may play in a person’s life. We are therefore committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community; being able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
Our music curriculum ensures that all students have the opportunity to sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. These intrinsic components are embedded within various classroom activities as well as the specific musical events such as playing musical instruments, singing assemblies, musical ensembles, collective worship and performances. The specific musical elements are taught within the classroom environment to enable our pupils to use specialist musical terms to analyse and understand how the music they listen to is created, played, analysed and appreciated. Therefore, the key knowledge and skills for each year are mapped out to reflect a clear progression between years. This is so that each child may develop their musical skills systematically, building their knowledge and understanding from one year to the next.
In the classroom children will also learn to play a musical instrument, in order that they be able to read and apply basic musical notation. Alongside developing and expressing their own ideas through composition; a skill that enhances their understanding of different musical dimensions and strengthens their ability to appreciate, play and analyse music.
Throughout their school journey children will have access to a full and varied programme, which allows students to discover areas of strength as well as identifying those they may wish to improve. Due to the integral nature of music and the learner it creates a rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. The Music curriculum at St Mary’s also facilitates children to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to individual students, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose either as creator, listener and performer. They can sing and feel a pulse, have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them and identify the various elements required for a successful performance. Regular concerts at school and engagement in collective worship within the school and parish community, provide occasions for children to hone their performance skills. They also provide further means to showcase the impact of the school’s high quality music provision.