Music 2021 - 2022
Through this curriculum, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians. In addition, we see music as a vehicle for increasing their self-confidence, creativity, memory and sense of achievement. Music is linked to other subjects through cross-curricular topics. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and to listen with discrimination. Pupils will 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. They will learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. They will 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 St Stephen's, our music curriculum is taught on a two-year cycle, and through this, we offer a wealth of stimulating and challenging experiences for all children of all abilities. A broad range of music from a diverse group of musicians, time periods and cultures allow our children to expand their musical experiences beyond what they have previously encountered and allow them to discover new and exciting worlds they have yet to fully discover.
To ensure that all our children have this musical journey, as a school we:
- Listen to and evaluate music across a range of periods and genres from great composers.
- Sing alongside a broad range of musical genres.
- Learn key vocabulary related to music, including, but not limited to: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure.
- Learn to write appropriate musical notations.
- Compose music - initially with structured support – until eventually branching out to compose music on their own.
- Learn a musical instrument from a profession music teacher.
At the beginning of our children’s school experience, our children are introduced to music through the singing of a range of diverse songs, chants and rhymes. They are able to do this through listening to a broad range of high-quality live and recorded music. As a result of this, the children then build up a large vocabulary bank of technical musical terms that allow them to describe the music they are listening to. Such vocabulary include, but are not limited to: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure. This exposure to a rich tapestry of music – combined with a growing musical vocabulary – leads the children being to play tuned and untuned instruments.
As the children progress through the school, their growing music playing skills allow children to perform their instruments in solo or group settings. This is particularly true when they learn to play brass instruments in upper key stage two. There they are taught how to play a range of complex music via a professional music teacher. Gaining this valuable experience and skills allows the children to compose and improvise music of their own – even being able to write the music they have composed on a stave.
In EYFS (Nursery and Reception), children start their musical journey, listening to a broad range of songs, chants and rhymes – with the main focus being on repeating patterns – and getting children to develop the physical ability to be able to replicate simple beats and rhythms they hear and practice. They are also encouraged to explore the sounds of lots of different instruments – which builds
In Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2), children learn to sing a range of songs, chants and rhymes whilst building on simpler music terms they have learned in EYFS to start to be able to describe music they hear in more detail. They will also be introduced to tuned instruments for the first time and be introduced to the idea of different notes making different sounds.
In Key Stage Two (Years 3-6), children build on their knowledge of notes and begin to play tuned instruments – performing both on their own and in group contexts. They will then begin to improvise music of their own. At the end of key stage two, they will finally develop the ability to write their own music down on a stave, read it back and be able to perform it to an audience. All this will be set over an ever-growing understanding and bank of exposure to different music from a broad range of composers from different cultures and nationalities.
By the time our children move on and transition to high school, we expect our children to be able to:
- Recall a large bank of music from a broad range of periods and genres from great composers.
- To sing with confidence, intonation and volume.
- To understand key musical terms and vocabulary including, but not limited to: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
- To compose music on their own using a range of tuned and untuned instruments.
- To read music on a stave.
- To compose music of their own and then be able to play it on a tuned musical instrument.
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