Music is a universal form of communication, one through which children of all ages can be inspired to express their ideas and feelings in a practical as well as theoretical and analytical way. At all ages children make choices about the music they listen to and choose to remember, and a music curriculum should, above all, foster an enjoyment and curiosity of all aspects of music making.
In the teaching of music children should be encouraged to use their practical skills to build independence in their theoretical foundation of listening and appraising. This foundation can then be used to demonstrate and reflect an understanding of a wide range of music. An appreciation and understanding of musical style and technique means that children will be able to express their opinions freely and respect the views of others. This ability is one that will increase their enjoyment of music not only in school but also in later life.
Music in the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2 is based around the three fundamental aims:
- To 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.
- To 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.
- To 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
Because both Key Stages are closely linked, there should be a balanced programme of activities where the importance of each aim can be recognised and built on. In this way there will be a greater degree of continuity and progression across Key Stages, leading to a genuine sense of progress and depth of understanding, and aspiration to achieve more.
It is hoped that by these means each child will progress and demonstrate achievement and resilience to develop their full musical potential.
Opportunities for listening and reproducing music from cultures around the world will be part of their musical experiences.
In their music lessons children will have access to a variety of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments. These will include instruments from cultures around the world.
Performances, both informal and formal, will be encouraged at assemblies, infant Christmas productions, junior Carol concerts and summer productions to build confidence and the ability to cooperate as a musical ensemble.
There will be further opportunities for children to be inpsired take part in extra curricular music, namely guitar, violin, and recorder.