Music helps to develop creativity, imagination, good listening skills and the ability to express personal thoughts and feelings. Music develops children's ability to take part in practical activities, both individually and in groups, that encourage and cultivate an enjoyment of different genres of music. Our music curriculum provides breadth and balance, is relevant and engaging and is differentiated to match needs and abilities.
At Audlem the intention is that children develop an enjoyment, and understanding, of music through listening, singing, playing, evaluating and composing across a variety of periods, styles and musical genres. We aim to ensure that children understand the value and importance of music and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of different contexts.
The music curriculum at Audlem ensures children sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities, based around The Love Music Trust curriculum (Years 1-6). We also partake in weekly singing assemblies, promote individual musical instrument lessons, choir and music days with special musical guests.
Throughout these sessions children are taught to understand how music is made, to appreciate different genres and to enjoy practising their musical learning through a variety of activities, singing and playing instruments. They begin to understand how to create music, learning to read basic music notation, which in turn deepens their understanding when listening to, playing or analysing music.
Embedding music across the whole school curriculum, as well as displays around the school promoting music enjoyment, reinforces the value and skills of music learning. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history within their own country and the wider world. Children are able to enjoy music in many ways – as a listener, creator or performer. They can sing and feel a pulse. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They have an understanding of how to further develop their skills should they wish to in the future.