Music Purpose of Study
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.
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.
Use their voices expressively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
- Play tuned and untuned instruments.
- Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live music and recorded music.
- Make and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
At Shere we want children to develop a passion for music that will last a lifetime. Children and practitioners will have plentiful opportunities to sing together because we recognise the power of collective music to heal, promote happiness and in forging social bonds. Children will listen to a wide variety of different musical traditions and genres. They will be given the freedom and the time to create original, fluent and distinctive music of their own which will be heard and appreciated.