Music is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum and we teach it to all pupils on a regular basis. We endeavour to give all children the opportunity to participate in, and enjoy, a variety of musical activities in order to promote, in each child, a life-long interest in music and performance. Where possible we work collaboratively with a variety of external professional such as Saffron Hall and The Thaxted Music Festival to provide a rich range of experiences. We also see it as an opportunity to develop the child as a rounded individual opening up a range of opportunities that they may otherwise not experience. All children sing once a week as a whole school and also recieve a class based music lesson - this is delivered by a specialist music teacher supported by the Class Teacher in Key Stage 1. All children in Key Stage 2 also receive class based Samba 'drumming' lessons. Performing is a key part of the music curriculum and so all children in Key Stage1partake in a music based presentation once a year and for the children in Key Stage 2 (classes 2 and 3) this takes place every other year.
Currently we are able to offer guitar, piano and keyboard lessons to any pupil who wishes to learn these instruments.
Our principal aims are to:
- allow equal access and opportunities for all pupils.
- develop children’s enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of, a wide range of musical activities.
- develop children’s ability to evaluate their own and other’s performances.
- encourage children to work co-operatively and develop a sense of interdependence.
- experience musical activities in the largest of arenas and with the widest range of 'teachers'.
- develop an awareness of the need to treat musical insruments with respect.
- develop use of an appropriate musical vocabulary from the earliest of ages.
- instil in the children the knowledge that music is fun and a healthy worthwhile personal interest.
- promote a multicultural understanding of the world around us through listening to, and playing instruments from a range of cultures.
Additionally we aim 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.