Every class has a weekly music lesson from a specialist teacher. Other music making opportunities include singing worships, performances, whole school seasonal events, lunchtime choir and optional peripatetic instrumental tuition.
In weekly music lessons we follow a Kodaly inspired approach focussing on developing musicianship, primarily through unaccompanied singing, body percussion and games, along with movement to a variety of music, with maximum participation and fun whilst learning.
Lessons include the following elements:
- Learning a range of rhymes, songs and games, chosen for their specific teaching elements.
- Singing tunefully simple songs with a limited range appropriate to their age.
- Listening to and moving with music appropriately. Talking about features they hear.
- Beat keeping activities.
- Discovering, representing, performing, reading, writing and improvising with rhythm elements and notation progressively.
- Discovering, representing, performing, reading, writing and improvising with solfa pitch elements and notation progressively.
- Differentiating between musical features – tempo, dynamics, musical form, pitch, timbre.
- Progressive part singing.
- Playing percussion and tuned instruments (e.g. metallophones and recorder), both from memory and from written notation.
- Working together cooperatively.
- Playing active musical games as part of their learning.
- Participating with enthusiasm and enjoyment.