Statement of Intent
“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” – Plato
“We teach music because it is unique and good. We teach music so that children can make their own music. We teach music because it acts in a unique way on the heart, mind, soul and spirit of the child, stimulating thought and imagination in very special ways. These are the real reasons for teaching music.”
Until we genuinely value arts education, especially music education, we will remain in danger of being a dull, unimaginative nation.
Richard Gill (artistic director Sydney Symphony Education) 2013
This policy outlines the teaching, organisation and management of music taught at North Ealing Primary School. The school’s policy for music is based on the new primary curriculum (statutory from September 2014). The implementation of this policy is the responsibility of all teaching staff.
Music and music-making is a thread that runs throughout the school and reaches into our local community and beyond. Every child receives lessons prepared and delivered by specialists who work closely with the class teachers in providing ideas and cross-curricular opportunities for musical development.
Additionally, the school provides opportunities for singing through a KS2 Choir, an orchestra, a Chamber Choir, a KS1 Singing Club and through Key Stage ‘Singing’ assemblies.
Peripatetic staff members provide individual or small-group tuition in flute/clarinet, violin, cello, piano and recorder. These lessons are ‘showcased’ by the teacher in question to an audience of pupils and parents.
The school provides pupils with ample opportunities for performance outside of school:
- Light Up the Lane’ with the choir;
- Christmas Concert ( St.Barnabas);
- ESMA inter-school concerts;
- Spring Concert;
- ‘Showcase’ assemblies;
- Year 6 final performances;
- Involvement with groups such as the LSO Discovery Concerts and the ‘Voces8’ events at St.Benedicts
Pupils regularly provide music for assemblies on a volunteer basis.
- to produce adults to whom music is not a way of earning a living but a way of life;
- to allow students to experience small successes (when taught developmentally i.e. in very small but also
- to learn perseverance when practising a skill, concept, musical work etc for a long time in order to achieve success;
- to encourage creativity and to learn to express themselves through music;
- to improve listening skills;
- to improve the ability to concentrate and focus;
- to improve self-confidence;
- to help students learn to set, and work towards, goals;
- to improve children’s health and well-being;
- to improve memory;
- to connect us to other people (through group composition type tasks, ensemble playing etc) and to assist with the development of social skills such as self control, the ability to work in a group and to learn sensitivity towards others;
- to assist with language development (singing) and to aid physical coordination (singing/clapping games);
- to allow the students to have fun in a safe environment.
- Source: DS MUSIC
We aim to do this by:
- Delivering high quality, interesting and engaging music lessons individually, in small groups, by class, by whole school experiences;
- Using the context and content of the whole curriculum to develop and consolidate cross curricular skills and perspectives;
- Teaching music in a global and historical context; including the contributions of significant musicians/styles from a range of cultures;
- Developing and extending pupils’ musical knowledge and understanding;
- Developing pupils’ ability to work creatively and involve pupils in planning, developing, performing and evaluating their work;
- Developing pupils’ musical vocabulary and their ability to articulate musical concepts/understanding and perceptions clearly and precisely;
- Ensuring that all pupils are appropriately challenged according to their aptitude/ability to make good progress in their music lessons.
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