Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way children feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music promotes children’s spiritual, cultural and social development.
The learning of music develops an awareness and appreciation of musical traditions, from the past and present, in a variety of cultures and societies. This helps children understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and wider world. The teaching of music develops children’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgments about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
- To provide all children with an education in music that is stimulating, enriching and inspiring through curricular and extra-curricular learning.
- To encourage confidence in all the children through their involvement in music thus promoting individuals interest, self –reliance and motivation.
- To develop an understanding and appreciation of different types of music and increase their ability to make judgments of musical quality.
- To teach music through the National Curriculum and the Creative Development area of learning from the Foundation Stage.
- To promote all the children’s achievements in music within the school and the wider community.
- To provide all children with the opportunity to express themselves creatively and to develop their musical skills through an understanding of pitch, rhythm, dynamics, duration, timbre, texture and structure, using both instruments and voices.
- To develop performing, composing and appraising skills by applying listening skills and knowledge and understanding of music.
- To become increasingly aware of how music is produced, for example, through the use of instruments and musical processes including relevant symbols and notations.