Music Curriculum Statement
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:
- 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 Andrews C of E Infant School, children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
The school’s music curriculum ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing Worships, ‘songs of the week’, class assemblies, Church Services, and the learning of glockenspiels. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to appraise it, understand how it is made, played, appreciated and enjoyed. In the classroom children learn how to play percussion instruments and use their voice for singing. They also learn how to compose, focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or evaluating music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the early curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose – either as listener, creator or performer. They can start to understand how music is created and the different elements needed. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, and explore musical interests in their personal lives.