Music at Elburton
Developing children's passion for music and the performing arts is a well known part of the Elburton curriculum. We believe that music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enable children to understand better the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable subject, music is also a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community.
At Elburton we provide many opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music. We aim to develop the child as a whole through engagement in musical activity. We want to ensure all pupils are able to access musical activities, explore and understand how sounds are made and can be organised into musical structures. We develop the interrelated skills of composition, performance and musical appreciation in every term in every year group.. Developing and nurturing pupils’ sense of self allows them opportunity to explore their own abilities.
How do we do this?
At Elburton Primary School, we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music.
We teach them to listen to and appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer, and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. We often teach these together. We also teach children to make music together, to understand musical notation, and to compose pieces.
Year 5 and 6 have classical lessons by a specialist teacher. Children can access private lessons for guitar and keyboard. The school choir offers opportunities for performance in various locations. Planned opportunities implemented throughout the year for children to perform at the end of year music celebration, carol concerts. Assemblies and Choir performances in the community. Visiting music groups e.g. ‘Travelling Tubas’ ‘Teiko’ Drumming.
Our children enjoy and value Music and know why they are doing things, not just how. Children will understand and appreciate the value of music in the context of their personal wellbeing and the creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities. The Music curriculum will contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work, and sharing their work with others. Progress will be shown through outcomes and through the important record of the process leading to them.
Music and Performing Arts Lead: Mrs Griffiths