Music is an enjoyable element of the curriculum which engages and excites children. It is a unique subject, different to any other area of the curriculum.
In St Michael’s, there is an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. The interrelated dimensions of music: pulse, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation are at the centre of all the learning. They weave through the units we teach to encourage the development of musical skills as the learning progresses; through listening and appraising, differing musical activities (including creating and exploring) and performing.
Our units of work are taken from the Charanga music scheme and comprise strands of musical learning which correspond with the national curriculum for music:
· Listening and Appraising
· Musical Activities: Games, Singing, Playing instruments, Improvisation and Composition
Musical concepts are taught through a repetition-based approach to learning. Learning about the same musical concept through different musical activities enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills. Musical teaching and learning is not neat or linear. The strands of musical learning taught are part of a learning spiral. Over time, children can both develop new musical skills and concepts, and re-visit established musical skills and concepts. Repeating a musical skill doesn’t necessarily mean their progress is slowing down or their development is moving backwards! It's just shifting within the spiral which leads to mastery; both a deeper understanding of musical skills and concepts and learning something new.
In addition to class teaching, our children also benefit from working with music specialists including: Music and Movement (Year 1), instrumental tuition (Year 4) and Samba drumming (Year 5). Established links with the High schools provide performance opportunities in both KS1 and 2 through the Infant Music Festival, Children of Halton sing and Annual spring concerts. In addition to the curriculum, our school choir has been successful for many, many years. Our children have had the opportunity to perform to a public audience at many venues within the local community and further afield including: Halton Stadium, Halliwell Jones Stadium and St George’s Hall in Liverpool.
For more information, here is the link to the National Curriculum for Primary Music.