Music at Cookridge Holy Trinity
Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.
Music at Cookridge Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School is an academic subject, which involves many skills learnt over a period of time at each individual’s pace. Listening and appraising, collaborative music making and enjoyment of music provide pupils with a creative outlet in school. All children are encouraged to listen carefully, concentrate fully and perform the elements of music effectively.
Our Music curriculum is primarily delivered by peripatetic music teachers from ‘ArtForms’ music and arts service (http://artformsleeds.co.uk/.)
Music in the National Curriculum
“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 in England: Music programmes of study 2013)
Aims of Music
As a school, our goal is to cover the following National Curriculum aims in an engaging and meaningful way for every child. The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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
- 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
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations