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Music Overview

Music is an integral part of the every day life of young children. It is a form of non-verbal communication that allows us to convey our ideas, feelings and emotions. Music as a discipline includes the development of creative skills, non-verbal expressions and aesthetic appreciation. It enables students to communicate in powerful ways that go beyond their spoken language ability. Through music, students can begin to construct an understanding of their environment, recognize patterns and structure and develop their cultural awareness.


Music teaching contributes to the complete development of the child by stimulating listening skills, imagination, concentration, physical co-ordination and self-confidence.

Students have one period of music each week, taught by a music specialist

Students in Class 6 students have the choice of learning to play flute, clarinet, trumpet or guitar. They are taught in French by specialist tutors. Parents have the opportunity to rent or buy instruments..

These are the expectations for each year group in subject

The students in

Early childhood

will:

 

The students in

Year 1-2

will:

display vocal control in singing through participation in a variety of rounds, folk songs and contemporary songs of appropriate pitch range

experience an expanding repertoire of songs which they can share with others

use a variety of untuned and tunes percussion instruments with care and control, playing accompaniments to simple songs

use singing and playing to explore concepts such as pitch, rhythm, tempo, duration, timbre and dynamic contrasts

perform simple music with the ocarina using a steady beat

recognise, sing/play and draw a simple melodic shape (undulating and stepping) or a scale

copy or create simple musical phrases both vocally and with instruments

begin to have experience of traditional and non-traditional notation

begin to identify the sounds of some classroom and orchestral instruments and name them

be able to listen for extended periods to music of different styles

develop an awareness and appreciation of music from different sources and cultures

respond to different kinds of music giving reasons for their preferences

The students in

Year 3-4

will:

Sing with accuracy and control focussing more closely on awareness of the musical elements of pitch, rhythm, tempo, duration and dynamics

Iincrease their song repertoire to include simple partner songs and develop their ability to sing in harmony

Sing and play instruments with others, developing ensemble skills and an awareness of audience

Develop control of sounds on a widening variety of instruments, including the ocarina

Perform rhythmic and melodic patterns of increasing complexity on a variety of classroom instruments, including the ocarina, by rote, and beginning to use traditional/ non-traditional notation

Begin to read notation using basic rhythmic values

Begin to read notation to practise and perform a piece of music

Begin to develop an understanding of form in music

Identify the sounds and names of an increasing number of instruments: orchestral and non-orchestral, including non-western and multi-ethnic instruments

Develop an awareness and appreciation of music from different cultures and times and express their preferences

 The students in

Year 5-6

will:

Sing songs with increasing control, confidence and expression using a widening pitch range


Sing more complex songs with accuracy and control focussing more closely on the musical elements of pitch, rhythm, tempo, duration and dynamics


Increase their song repertoire to include songs form a variety of times and cultures


Sing and play instruments with others, showing ensemble skills and an awareness of audience


Show control of sounds on a widening variety of instruments


Perform rhythmic and melodic patterns of increasing complexity on a variety of classroom instruments, by rote and using traditional/ non-traditional notation


Perform and sing expressively showing appreciation of mood and style


Read notation using basic rhythmic values

Practise and perform a piece of music


Begin to develop an understanding of form in music


Continue to identify a range of instrumental sounds, orchestral and non-orchestral, including non-western and multi-ethnic instruments


Continue to develop an awareness and appreciation of music from different sources and cultures
describe music using appropriate vocabulary, giving reasons for their preferences.

girl playing a violin

5concepts

Demonstrations of deeper learning in responsible behaviour through positive action and service; a manifestation in practice of the other essential elements

Powerful ideas which have relevance within and across the disciplines and which students must explore and re-explore in order to develop understanding

Significant, relevant, subject matter which students are expected to explore and know about

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Those things which the students need to be able to do to succeed in a changing, challenging world

Dispositions which are expressions of fundamental values, beliefs and feelings about learning, the environment and people


 

 

 

 

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updated 11 juillet, 2006