“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.“
(National Curriculum 2014)
Our Music Curriculum at St Gabriel’s is inclusive, open to all and offers the children a broad range of musical experiences. Through the music curriculum at St Gabriel’s, children will gain an understanding and appreciation of the different elements of music, including performance, composition, listening and appreciation across a broad range of musical genres. This is embedded within the development of an awareness of cultural and historical context.
The curriculum delivery ensures children will listen to and appreciate a variety of high quality music, both recorded and live. Through the progression of children’s skills and understanding in music, they will gain confidence in their own creativity with the provision of practical experiences with instruments, voices and music technology. They will also be able to work collaboratively with others to express their ideas.
Most importantly, children at St Gabriel’s will have the opportunity to develop a lasting enjoyment of music making and a broad skill base upon which to build throughout their lifetimes.
In Early Years, children will have opportunities to listen to, appreciate and respond to music through the Expressive Arts and Design area of learning.
During the children’s learning journey at St Gabriel’s, our intended impact of the Music Curriculum is to ensure that:
- Children will develop a range of tools for self expression involving musical elements which will in term positively affect their self–confidence, achievement, interaction with others and self–reflection.
- Pupils will discover their own levels of enjoyment and strengths within music as well as areas they may wish to personally develop further.
- Pupils leave St Gabriel’s with an understanding of key musical elements and correct terminology.
- Music will also help to develop the children’s wider understanding of culture and history, both in relation to children individually, as well as cultures from across the world.
- Pupils should feel free to enjoy music in as many ways as they choose and are comfortable with– as a listener, creator and performer.