“Music can change the world.” Beethoven
Music is a language. Every culture makes music which speaks to us in different ways; it creates strong feelings, builds memories and ignites passion.
Why is Music taught the way we teach it?
At Audley Primary School, we believe that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We aim to foster a love and appreciation of music and help children to develop the skills necessary to express themselves musically. Studying music helps to increase children's self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As children progress through Audley Primary School, they will learn to critically engage with music, create their own compositions and perform various pieces of music from across the musical canon. At Audley Primary School, we want children to enjoy their music lessons and cherish the memories made and embrace the musical opportunities they are presented with.
What makes Audley’s coverage/approach to Music effective?
Class teachers are in charge of delivering weekly music lessons in the classroom. At Audley Primary School, we use the Charanga Musical School Scheme - which provides our teachers with week-by-week lesson for each year group in the school. This scheme provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources for every lesson. Our music scheme is based on:
Children will have the opportunity to access musical instruments such as glockenspiels during lessons as well as developing confidence in their vocal abilities.
We also offer termly whole-class instrumental lessons within KS2, which are taught by peripatetic teachers from the Surrey Arts initiative.
What do we want an Audley Musician Year 6 pupil to know/have experienced/be able to do before they leave?
Each year the children develop skills learnt in the previous year. In the listening units the children will further their listening skills, being able to identify more each time – starting with male or female vocalist, to the instruments that they can hear to how the piece is structured. Thus leading to more detailed and well thought out compositions – where instrumental choices and structure will be more evident. These basic music skills will enable children to go onto playing a musical instrument, should they choose to, as well as impacting on other areas of their development, such as team building skills, listening and self-confidence.
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.
The National Curriculum sets out the statutory entitlement to learning for all pupils in each Key Stage.
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
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 interrelated dimensions of music
Key stage 2 (Years 3 – 6)
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 interrelated 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.