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Music

Music is essentially a practical subject which should be enjoyed by all. From an early age children have an awareness of rhythm, pitch and sounds around them and these should be developed on entry to school.

At St Thomas a Becket Catholic Primary School, we value Music because it is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way that children feel, think and act.

Music enriches the lives of individuals and groups and is fundamental to being human. Children live in a noisy world, where they need to learn how to listen and understand. Music education involves the whole child, using melody, rhythm, speech and movement. It has close links with other subjects, and provides a foundation for achievement in other areas of the curriculum through the development of auditory awareness and discrimination, improved motor skills, experience of collaborative learning situations, fluency in speech and, hopefully, improved self-confidence and a sense of imagination. Creative work in Music develops the skills of decision making and selection; and sharing in the creative process of their friends, can teach children sensitivity and respect.

As part of a broad and balanced curriculum we aim to give all our pupils the opportunity to undertake a broad and balanced programme of Music activities which show progression and continuity.

Through these activities the children will develop the following skills:

  • creativity and original thinking
  • problem solving
  • perseverance
  • the ability to listen carefully
  • the ability to practise and perform for an audience
  • the ability to compose music
  • appreciation of music from a wide variety of times, styles and cultures
  • evaluation of their own and other’s music

By engaging children in making and responding to music, Music teaching offers opportunities for them to:

  • Develop their understanding and appreciation of a wide range of different kinds of music, developing and extending their own interests and increasing their ability to make judgements of musical quality.
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to make music, for example in community music-making and, where appropriate, to follow a music-related career.
  • Develop skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other subject areas and that are needed for life and work, for example listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuition, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others.