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. At Athelstan Community Primary School we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising a variety of musical vocabulary and applying that to their listening and appraising skills. We also teach children how to work with others to make music and how individuals combine together to make sounds. We also teach them musical notation and how to compose music.
Our aims in teaching music are that ALL children will:
· Find enjoyment in creating music and see themselves as musicians.
· Find a sense of purpose, achievement and fulfilment in musical expression.
· Develop their singing skills and experience using a range of instruments.
· Feel able to express their ideas and feelings through musical creation.
· Learn to listen critically and analytically.
· Begin to develop a musical vocabulary.
· Understand the relationship between sound and symbol and develop a working knowledge of systems of notation for use in composing and performing.
· Begin to appreciate the work of a range of composers from different periods and cultures.
Principles of the teaching and learning of music
Music is important because:
· Making music is a pleasurable activity which can provide fulfilment through life.
· Appreciation of music is heightened by understanding.
· It helps to develop broader cultural awareness.
· Music is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. The fundamental skills, knowledge and concepts are set out in ‘Music in the National Curriculum’ where they are categorised into attainment targets.