A high-quality music education is important for a number of reasons:
1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. Students learn to improve their work: Learning music promotes craftsmanship, and students learn to want to create good work.
2. It is well recognised that music can help to develop the skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other national curriculum subjects. It is said this helps to develop a child's spatial temporal reasoning skills, developing the ability to think in patterns and pictures.
3. Children learn in many different ways. Music allows them to express themselves in a unique way, which motivates their learning and helps build their self-confidence. Music is a universal language. It helps children connect to other cultures and understand the world around them.
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.
Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
* use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
* play tuned and untuned instruments musically
* listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
* experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Key stage 2
Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
Pupils should be taught to:
* play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
* improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
* listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
* use and understand staff and other musical notations
* appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
* develop an understanding of the history of music.
What would you see in a music lesson?
In a music lesson at North Cadbury School, you will see a specialist music teacher sharing their passion for music with our children. We believe that this is important as it enables us to introduce a wide range of musicality to our children that is beyond the skills base of our small teaching team.
Music lessons will still be well planned, and incorporate a range of resources to ensure progressive learning and acquisition of skills. You will see lessons where children are engaged and having fun.
What would you see in books?
Probably very little! Children do learn some theory in music, but we try and base our music curriculum on hands on and practical experience as much as possible.
How do we assess music?
As for all our curriculum, we use Teacher Assessment at the end of the academic year.