At South End the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres. Our vision is for all children to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
Our music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as in weekly singing assemblies and various concerts and performances throughout the year. Additional opportunities are offered in music, such as joining the choir (which regularly performs in the local community) and attending various instrumental lessons provided by specialist teachers who come into school.
The elements of music are taught weekly so that children are able to use the language of music, and understand how it is made, played and appreciated. In the classroom, children learn how to read basic music notation as well as learning to play a musical instrument. They also learn how to compose focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing or analysing music. Learning to play an instrument also involves composing or performing using body percussion. Vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
Our music curriculum is linked to our project learning where appropriate so that children can make purposeful links within their learning.