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Elworth Hall Primary School

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Music

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate pupils. It is a vehicle for individual expression, and it can play an important role in the personal development of all. Music can reflect the culture and society that we live in or come from, and the teaching and learning of music enables pupils to learn more about the world we live in. Music can play an important role in helping pupils feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all to create, play, perform and enjoy music; to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to develop the confidence to make informed judgements about music.

Intent

At Elworth Hall Primary School, our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourages our children on their musical journeys as well as giving them opportunities to connect with others. We hope to foster a life long love of music by exposing them to diverse musical experiences and igniting a passion for music. By listening and responding to different musical styles, finding their voices as singers and performers and as composers, all will enable them to become confident, reflective musicians. ‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity’ (The National Curriculum). 

 

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

 Can sing and use their voices individually and in a group

 Create and compose music on their own and with others

 Use technology appropriately when composing

 Have opportunities to learn a musical instrument

 Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated

 Listen to, review and evaluate the work of great composers and musicians from a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions

 Enjoy and have an appreciation of a range of different musical styles e.g. Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock etc.

 Use and understand musical language and include musical features in their own work

 Make judgements about the quality of music

 Have opportunities to play a wide variety of instruments

 Have different opportunities to take part in performances

 

Implementation

The music curriculum ensures pupils sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in classroom activities and various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments, and the joining of musical ensembles. The elements of music are taught in classroom lessons so that children are able to use the language of music to discuss it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. In the classroom pupils learn how to play various un-tuned and tuned percussion instruments and as a class in Year 4 they engage in the Wider Opportunities programme provided by Love Music Trust. In doing so they understand the different principles of creating notes, as well as how to devise and read their own musical scores and basic music notation. They also learn how to compose focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion, vocal sounds and technology is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.

 

Impact

Whilst in school, children have opportunities to forge their own musical journey, which allows them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a child may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose - either as listener, creator or performer. They can discuss music and comprehend its parts. They can sing, feel a pulse, add rhythms and create melodies in a group and they can further develop these skills in the future and continue to enjoy and embrace music in their lives. Children have the opportunity to join our choir and perform at many prestigious events and also our School Band. Both of these ensembles have won the Cheshire East Music Competition and performed at The Lyceum Theatre.

Performances by School Ensembles

At Elworth Hall, we take part in many external performances. The pupils have the opportunitiy to perfom at competitive events like Cheshire East Music Competition and Sandbach Young Musician of the Year. We have performed st St Mary's Church Nantwich and at local Care Homes for residents. Our Year 4 children, every year, have the opportunitity to learn Music through World Drumming. This gives pupils the chance to learn in a cross-curricular way about countries and cultures. Our local Music Hub -Love Music Trust have amazing peripatetic teachers who come into school for vocal, guitar, violin, woodwind, brass and keyboard lessons. 

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