“It has been said that Music is both an art and a science that needs to be emotionally appreciated and intellectually understood.” (Karolyi; ‘Introducing Music’)
2. We follow a programme of study based on the QCA units and aim to provide first-hand musical experiences which are absorbing and challenging to engage pupils’ continuing enthusiasm so their appreciation and understanding of music can be developed. As well as visits from musicians, this includes performances by staff, participating in Young Voices at the MEN arena and attending concerts by the Halle Orchestra and local musicians. We also participate in concerts with other local schools.
Following on from the Wider Opportunities initiative they accessed in Y3/4, some Y5/6 pupils have chosen to continue tuition in flute, clarinet or saxophone. For all children with particular interest there is the opportunity to learn the guitar and the recorder in extra-curricular clubs, which are provided free of charge. All children use tuned and unturned percussion instruments in class lessons (including the use of hand bells) and we aim for all children to receive at least one year's tuition on an instrument through Wider Opportunities during KS2.
Pupils perform in a wide variety of events through the year, including two performances in church. All the children perform in a musical drama at Christmas, and KS2 children are involved in an end of year concert.