Subject co-ordinator: Mr R Tull
Music is part of every human culture, with people engaging with it for personal pleasure, group identity, dancing, storytelling, communication, ceremony and battle, worship, meditation and healing. All human beings share the capacity to sing, play and listen to music as well as playing, performing, improvising and composing. Music is quite simply for everyone! It is important that children experience a wide range of music to discover their musical preferences and to consider the ways they might engage with music as a lifelong activity. Music has great potential for creativity and personal expression. It provides a means to reach out to parents and the wider community. Music provides great potential for intellectual, social and personal growth.
The main aim of the National Curriculum is to inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. Equally, it enhances other parts of the curriculum such as Science (sound) PE (dancing), English (as a stimulus and supporting listening in Early Years and Key Stage One), RE (sacred music), Art (as a stimulus for creative work in a different medium) , History (period pieces), DT (building instruments and ICT (music technology and composition support). Research has proven that unborn child responds to melodic contour of mother’s voice, heartbeat, to the rhythm of walking and to the natural sounds of its internal world. Music education draws on these innate responses and begins to channel them towards targeted goals. In Early Years, practitioners draw and build a repertoire of songs and rhymes with music becoming central to the process of social development and human bonding.
Music is an experience and/or skill that supports children in their journey towards adulthood as it can develop reasoning and social skills as well as improving their engagement with school and the outer world. We also believe that it can improve hand to eye coordination in physical activities in addition to supporting mathematical thinking in order to recognise patterns and number relationships. Music helps children relax which is essential for their emotional development and it inspires creativity and imagination which can open up new opportunities as they go through school and enter adulthood.