Subject Lead:   Miss Stokes

To engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to a range of different music.

Core Learning:
• To perform.
• To compose.
• To transcribe.
• To describe music.

Characteristics of a Musician:
• A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
• A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise.
• Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
• An excellent understanding of how musical provenance - the historical, social and cultural origins of music - contributes to the diversity of musical styles.
• The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
• A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.

Using and Applying English and Maths within Music:
To listen, understand and respond to others, pupils should be taught to:
• Sustain concentration
• Identify and respond to sound patterns in language [for example, alliteration, rhyme, word play.
• Counting beats per bar and understanding how many beats each note value is worth.

Teachers should set high expectations for every pupil. They should plan stretching work for pupils whose attainment is significantly above the expected standard. They have an even greater obligation to plan lessons for pupils who have low levels of prior attainment or come
from disadvantaged backgrounds. Teachers must also take into account the needs of pupils whose first language is not English.