“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth; make a loud noise and rejoice and sing praise.”
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the learning and teaching of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. Opportunities are provided for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education engages and inspires 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 develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
The 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 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 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.
- To develop the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appreciating music.
Music Life of the School
Music is all around us. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. The sheer joy of music feeds the soul of our school community, enriching each child while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make our school great.
In our school, music brings the community together through the shared endeavour of:
- Whole-school singing
- Music played, sung and perfomed in weekly/class assemblies
- KS2 class bands
- Ensemble playing
- Singing/listening to music in liturgies and Masses
- Attending and performing school family/wider concert events
- KS2 musical
- BRW Talent Show
- Through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing
- Enriching theatre/concert visits