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Aims of the Subject

The aim is that all children in the school will build upon their natural responses to music and will:

  • Find enjoyment in creating music, and see themselves as musicians
  • Find a lasting sense of purpose, achievement and fulfilment in musical expression
  • Develop skills to use a wide range of instruments (including the voice) and techniques competently
  • Feel able to express their ideas and feelings through musical creation
  • Learn to listen analytically
  • Develop an appropriate vocabulary to help them discuss their own work and that of others
  • Understand the relationship between sound and symbol, and develop a working knowledge of systems of notation for use in composing and performing
  • Appreciate and evaluate the work of a range of composers and musicians from their own and other cultures.

Assessment Methods

Formative assessment is used to guide the progress of individual pupils in music. It involves identifying every child’s progress in each aspect of the subject, determining what each child has learned and therefore what should be the next stage in their learning. Formative assessment is mostly carried out informally by the teacher in the course of teaching. Suitable tasks for assessment include:

  • Small group discussions in the context of a practical task
  • Specific assignments for individual pupils
  • Individual discussions in which children are encouraged to appraise their own work and progress.

The system of ABRSM instrumental and theory examinations is used, which many pupils take advantage of. It provides formal assessment for them and a feeling of progression in line with national and international standards.

Teaching Techniques

Music is taught through a combination of specialist teaching and integrated activities. Class music is taught to every pupil in Years 3 to 6 for an hour a week, and Years 7 and 8 and Pre-Prep for thirty minutes a week. Peripatetic music teachers visit the school to offer music tuition on a whole variety of orchestral instruments and piano. Recorder is taught to groups of children in Years 1 and 2; many continue with this further up the school.

Extra-curricular activities are offered. These include four choirs, Orchestra, string Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Brass Groups, Recorder Orchestra, Clarinet, Saxophone and Flute groups. Concerts are attended and outside speakers and professional musicians visit the school. Year 6 sing in the Young Voices Choir at the O2 Arena and the Chamber Choir goes on tour from time to time.

Use of ICT within the Subject

ICT is used in some areas of the curriculum, either for presentation purposes or for illustrating topics. An interactive whiteboard is available in the music room, along with one Apple mac computer with the latest music software. I pads have been used in Year 7 to compose music using E Band.

ISI 2013