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St. Michael's Music Curriculum

At St. Michael's, we believe that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A successful school is a musical school. In our School, music is alive, it is celebrated and it forms an integral part of every day. We place immense value of the power of music to help build pupils’ self-esteem, to encourage creativity, to build relationships, to foster life skills and to benefit children’s learning across the whole curriculum. Music is fun, music is for life and music is for everyone. "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)

 

At St. Michael's we provide high quality opportunities for pupils to play, compose, sing, improvise, listen to and evaluate music across a wide variety of musical genres, styles, traditions, and historical periods, including the works of the great composers and musicians from all over the world. We are committed to fostering an increasing love of and curiosity for music, developing children’s imagination and creativity so that they can understand and explore how music is composed, produced and communicated and so that they can experience the sheer joy and pleasure of performing and creating music.

 

We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and aim to give them opportunities to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of different contexts. Music is a practical subject; it is academic, creative, technical and challenging. At St. Michael's, all children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, to take part in a musical performance and to progress to the next level of musical excellence.

 

    Our Music Curriculum

    Music teaching at St. Michael's aims to follow the specifications of the National Curriculum; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum and ensuring the progressive development of musical concepts, knowledge and skills. We believe that music plays an integral role in helping children to feel part of a community, therefore we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music both in class and to an audience. Through worships and key stage performances (KS1 Nativity and KS2 Summer Show), children showcase their talent and their understanding of performing with awareness of others.

    Lessons enable children to develop their skills, appreciate a wide variety of music and begin to appraise a range of musical genres.

     

    The Aims of the Music Curriculum

    The aims of our music curriculum are to develop pupils who:

    • Enjoy and have an appreciation for music.
    • Listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, cultures, styles and traditions.
    • Can sing and use their voices to create different effects.
    • Create and compose music, both on their own and with others.
    • Use a range of musical language.
    • Make judgements and express personal preferences about the quality and style of music.
    • Take part in performances with an awareness of audience.
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