Music leader - Mrs Wilkes
Music is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. It involves the activities of listening, appraising, composing and performing.
From birth a child is surrounded by a kaleidoscope of sound, of which music is a vital part. An understanding and appreciation of music enriches the child’s repertoire of ways of making sense of his/her environment. Music deals uniquely with the medium of sound. Most of the skills, knowledge and understanding on which it depends are not normally developed in the practice of the other arts. Music is a social activity allowing each child at whatever level of ability to take part. Aesthetic experience and growth are essential parts of a child’s education. Music has a unique capacity for promoting high level intellectual and physical attainment and evoking deep emotional and physical response. Through music a child learns more about the traditions and developments in a wide variety of culture and societies.
Music enhances the life of the school; it involves staff, children and community in a common purpose. Music offers unparalleled opportunities for the development of imagination, inventiveness and delight – essential elements in a balanced curriculum. Music is immediate; a piece of music cannot be held in the hand or even seen – it is held only in mind, it speaks directly and for one instant. Music lets children feel and express immediately without need for words or explanation. Music is a discipline that demands concentration and high standards and yet is an international language that needs no translation.
To foster pupil’s sensitivity to, and their understanding and enjoyment of music through an active involvement in listening, composing, performing and appraising.
To develop the aesthetic awareness and artistic abilities of all pupils.
To assist in the development of both forms of expressiveness, both non-verbal and verbal.
To enable children to develop skills in communicating with others, self-confidence and self esteem.
To develop an awareness of cultural diversity and encourage self-expression through performing.
To ensure that music at Cradley C.E. Primary is for all children.
To find enjoyment in creating music and see themselves as musicians.
To find a lasting sense of purpose, achievement and fulfilment in musical expression.
To develop skills to use a range of skills (including the voice) and techniques competently.
To develop an appropriate vocabulary to help them understand and discuss their work and that of others.
To understand the relationship between sound and symbol and develop a working knowledge of systems of notation for use in composing and performing.
To appreciate and evaluate the work of a range of composers and musicians from their own and other cultures.