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Welcome to our Music page

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Key Concepts

Our music key concepts are embedded throughout our curriculum.

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Procedural knowledge progression

Our procedual knowledge progression outlines what we want the children to learn and teachers to teach.

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'Canal progression coverage' map

Our 'canal progression coverage' maps show the links and connections between the different elements of music and how they build on each other as children progress through school.

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The music dimensions

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The music dimensions

The (inter-related) dimensions of music are the building blocks of music.

Children should use this vocabulary regularly as their knowledge and understahnding of these terms are essential for the in-depth understanding of music.

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10 reasons to enjoy music at school

Music makes an important contribution to the life of every school and should be celebrated, promoted and encouraged. It helps build pupils’ self-esteem and self-discipline and leads to higher standards across the curriculum.

1. Music boosts school improvement

Music can be the catalyst that makes a good school exceptional. When the magic of music is allowed to permeate the whole curriculum it can have a positive impact on everything from academic attainment to student attendance.

Music helps children build confidence in their language and communication skills and being part of the school culture, it can have spill over effects such as: boosting maths and literacy attainment, as well as building staff moral and the school community.

2. Music improves learning skills

Research undertaken by the University of London has clearly demonstrated the cognitive benefits that music gives young children particularly in Key Stage 1, suggesting music can support the development of literacy, numeracy and listening skills.

3. Music fosters teamwork

Playing in small groups, in whole classes or in any ensemble or orchestra means you are part of an integrated team. Everyone has a role however large or small, this helps to build co-operation and mutual support. It promotes the importance of working harmoniously with others towards a common goal.

4. Music builds life skills

Playing an instrument or learning to sing requires real concentration. Quietness and calm whether on stage or in the classroom is essential. Working alongside other members of an instrumental or singing group helps children to recognise their own skills and appreciate those of others. This builds life skills such as empathy, problem solving and communication, and a sense of responsibility and commitment.


5. Music underpins better behaviour

To learn music you need discipline. To play well requires regular practice and dedication. And when children enjoy doing something, they’ll stick to it!

6. Music encourages creativity

Music enables children to express themselves like no other medium. It empowers them to shape their world through sound and allows them to exercise their imaginations. Encouraging creativity also teaches children to think outside the box when problem solving. To succeed in the future, children will need to be inventive, resourceful and imaginative, and arts education will help.

7. Music is for life

An early start in music often results in music becoming a life-long passion. This gift is precious and whilst not all children go on to play in professional orchestras or famous rock bands, the seeds sown in the classroom continue to flourish for a lifetime. The skills acquired from learning music can feed into your everyday, whilst playing, listening and enjoying music never needs to end!

8. Music is an educational building block

The Department for Education has stated that a high-quality music education can improve self-confidence, behaviour and social skills as well as improve academic achievement across the curriculum. And while music touches the lives of all young people, the disadvantaged can benefit most.

This is why it is so important to ensure all children and young people have access to learning and making music as part of their broad and balanced curriculum.

9. Music is fun

Music making is not only good for the brain but also the heart! Children enjoy the pleasure of mastering a tune or a song. The prestige and stimulation of a first performance in front of an audience is an adrenalin rush that is never forgotten.

10. Music is for everyone

Music is inclusive irrespective of abilities. It can be of particular benefit to children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities but also those who are marginalised, vulnerable and often hard to reach. Music gives children a unique motivation to participate and communicate and advances in technology mean more children than ever can take part in and reap the many benefits of a music education

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