Music Curriculum Intent
Music is at the heart of life at St. Joseph’s School. Our music is valued and celebrated throughout the school. It is our belief that music is a universal language which can play a huge role in the emotional and analytical development of every child. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Our vision is to fully implement and embed the Model Music Curriculum, enabling children to progress their musical skills, so that by the end of year 6, pupils emerge as competent, well-rounded musicians.
Our Music Curriculum is delivered by a specialist Music teacher. All children from across the school participate in performing, creating and responding to music and they enjoy live musical performances throughout the year. Each child has the opportunity of using a wide variety of classroom instruments: untuned and tuned percussion, ocarinas, recorders and boomwhackers. There are also plenty of opportunities for children to partake in learning a variety of other instruments, delivered by Specialist teachers. These include piano, flute, clarinet, violin, guitar and drums. Singing is at the heart of our curriculum and every child performs as part of a musical production every year and in Musical theatre (KS2) with our visiting musical theatre teacher. The school choir regularly performs in the community and in the termly music concerts. In our classroom music lessons we follow the Model Music Curriculum, performing, listening, appraising, composing and notating music. Our intention is to make music fun, whilst children learn musical skills which will have a positive impact on their development. It is our vision that our children’s musical experiences and achievements at St. Joseph’s, will stay with them and shape their lives.