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. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
The national 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 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.
We use the Charanga music scheme as a starting point for the planning of music sessions but Music teaching also incorporates resources from the Cornerstones projects. We also access the support from the Durham Music service, who deliver peripatetic music lessons in school to those children who wish to learn a musical instrument.
In addition to the peripatetic lessons, we purchase additional service level agreements to enable all our children to receive an enhanced music curriculum. Examples of this provision include Djembe drumming sessions and Musical Playgrounds workshops to teach children playground games and songs.