The National Curriculum for music (September 2013) states:
“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.”
At Ashfield we further believe that music is valued as a powerful and unique form of communication that may influence the way pupils think, feel and act: music can inspire and motivate where other stimuli are ineffective. As a vehicle for personal expression it promotes emotional development, encourages creativity and thereby makes a valuable contribution to the wider curriculum; it builds self-respect and supports the development of self-control and positive social attitudes. The teaching of music enables children to listen to, create, play, perform and enjoy a wide range of music individually or together; children develop skills to appreciate different musical forms and begin to make informed judgments about the quality of music. Music reflects culture and society, and opportunity is provided for a range of culturally and historically diverse musical experiences that help build understanding of the context of music making, both in the past and present and in different places.
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.
At Ashfield, we further aim to develop in pupils:
- Social skills and awareness through making music together.
- Opportunities to experience personal satisfaction and self-confidence from striving after the highest possible standards.
- The capacity to express ideas, thoughts and feelings through music.
At Ashfield, we follow the programmes of study for the National Curriculum for music.
Pupils are 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.”
Although music has specific skills, links can and should be made to other subjects as appropriate. Examples include:
- Links to ‘sound’ in science, especially with regard to pitch and volume
- Use of stimuli from other subjects, for example literature or art, as a basis for composition
- Links with drama in year group productions and the Whole School Project
- Contributions to whole school events of a religious or cultural nature, such as the Carol Service, Assemblies or Open Evening
- Links to year group topics as appropriate