What does Music look like at St Teresa of Lisieux?
The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• Be taught to sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
At St Teresa’s of Lisieux the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
PRINCIPLES FOR THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF MUSIC.
Our principle aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject. We do this best through a mixture of whole class teaching and group work. Our school follows REAL projects (immersive learning approach with an over-riding essential question to explore termly. Our music is linked to this when possible. Which means self- evaluation and peer-critique methods are also used in Music.
Music is important because…
- It helps children develop their creativity.
- It can be used to develop ideas and feelings.
- It further develops Music vocabulary.
- It is enjoyable and interesting.
The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the various concerts and performances, the learning of instruments, and the joining of our choir or after school music club. The elements of music are taught in the classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, and understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.
Whilst in school, children have access to a varied programme, which allows students to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives.