‘Music is a creative art. All musical activity – listening, making and interpreting – requires creative thought; the exercise of imagination influenced by personal choice and preference.’
Paynter, 1982: xiii
It is our intent at Bilbrook CE Middle that students will be encouraged to be curious about music in all its forms; work confidently and competently with classroom percussion, keyboards and other instruments, including their voices. They will develop the confidence to express themselves imaginatively and develop a love for music.
Implementation and learning will be highly focused on composing, performing and appraising. There is a focus on improvisation, singing, reading and recording music in standard and non-standard forms. Children will be inspired by the achievements of their friends in this subject as well as composers, both historic and current. Children will be exposed to a wide range of genres and excellent examples of songs (Young Voices) and pieces of these genres broaden the listening repertoire.
Through the evaluation of past and present music from all round the world, children will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life, recognising that music makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of all communities. They will develop the skills of trust, communication, collaboration, empathy, patience, consideration, resilience, independence, self-evaluation and reflection. Children are encouraged to work independently and with others regularly on group projects and compositions.
Although music is a highly practical subject, learning will be underpinned by core knowledge, skills, concepts and vocabulary.
The impact is that children leave Bilbrook CE Middle regarding themselves as capable musicians, empowered to take risks and opportunities. Children will understand the links between their learning and real life – understanding how their developing knowledge and skills can be applied today, beyond school and in to adult life – for example, how their developing performance skill can be applied to public speaking, job interviews and any other unfamiliar situation.