The overall aim of the music curriculum is to foster a sensitivity to music and to gain an understanding and enjoyment of music, through involvement in music in its broadest context. This enjoyment centres upon the philosophy that:
Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development......It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.
(National Curriculum 2000 – Music The importance of Music)
At Hillborough, children have weekly music lessons with a specialist teacher and also have the opportunity to learn an instrument with an outside teacher.
Music is also an integral part of the performing arts programme at the school. Children take part in a year group production each year in which they act, dance, sing and showcase their musical skills to the rest of the school. Music is also a main feature of collective worship every day.
Key stage 2 requirements from the National Curriculum
Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
Pupils should be taught to:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.