Our music curriculum is intended to encourage students to appreciate great works of music and their composers as well as enabling them to create their own pieces of music. We are steered by the National Curriculum and use its guidance to ensure our students develop ‘a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon’ (NC page 257).
We believe that a stimulating music curriculum facilitates opportunities for students to listen to works from the musical canon and to use their knowledge and understanding to hone their own creative and performance skills.
Our intention is that during their time at the school, students will gain greater knowledge, skills and understanding of the following key musical concepts and learning:
⦁ How music is created, produced and communicated;
⦁ Listen to, review and evaluate music from across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great composers and musicians;
⦁ Creation of own compositions using knowledge about the musical canon;
⦁ Opportunities to learn a chosen musical instrument.
In Key Stage 3, music is taught as part of our Thematic Approaches to Learning programme (please see the TAL Policy for more information).
Students also benefit from 1:1 tuition from a highly qualified and experienced music tutor: our students currently learn guitar, drums and keyboards. During these sessions students work towards the acquisition of recognised and accredited qualifications.
We are keen to ensure that the teaching of reading is explicit in all areas of the curriculum: in music this includes learning and using key musical terms and understanding documents which use these key musical terms.
We monitor the impact of our teaching of music through in-class assessments as well as via our monitoring of the Quality of Education throughout the school.