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Music

Music

Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate pupils. We work on the premise that all pupils are musical and have the innate ability to play, sing, listen, create and express themselves. We aim to provide learning experiences that are tailored to develop each pupil’s musical ability, enriching both pupil’s education and their lives. Music has the facility to impact and benefit our pupils as we prepare our pupils with a broad and varied range of skills and qualities that are both relevant and transferable.

Our intent is to produce learners who enjoy music while, at the same time, developing an understanding of the subject through active participation. In line with the school’s overall Intent statement, we strive to achieve this aim by:

  • helping all children to use music with purpose and enjoyment
  • helping all children to develop the necessary skills to enjoy music-making
  • helping all children to value the benefits of music as a means of self-expression
  • encouraging as many pupils as possible to learn to play a musical instrument and, as soon as they are able, to participate in one of the school’s music groups
  • meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum as fully as possible and helping all children to achieve the highest possible standards
  • using music to develop partnerships beyond school
  • celebrating success in, and with music

Classroom music lessons

Every pupil has one lesson timetabled per week. Years 7 and 8 are both divided into four groups and each group has one lesson of music per week.

During music lessons:

  • Three key areas are focused upon within all the work pupil produce in music which are performance, composing and listening
  • children will have access to keyboards, pitched and unpitched percussion
  • singing a variety of songs from different cultures and periods will play an important part
  • group activities led by the teacher will play a major role in stimulating pupils to listen, imitate and explore rhythmic and melodic patterns
  • children will have time to explore on their own or in small groups, independent of the teacher
  • there will be a variety of focussed activities – such as ‘teasing-out’ the workings of a tune and coming to recognise sound patterns and relate these to graphic representation
  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

During their time with at St Joseph’s pupils will acquire various musical skills and experience a wide range of activities such as:

  • All pupils should have a basic knowledge of how to play the piano by the end of year 8
  • Children will have heightened awareness of musical opportunities available in and outside of school
  • Pupils will know how to use musical devices such as the elements to compose music with different types of emotional elements
  • Children will be able to read and write notation and use this skill in composition
  • Pupils will know how to perform as a soloist and in an ensemble
  • Throughout their time in St Joseph’s pupils will develop a cultural and historical understanding of different genres of music
  • A high uptake of instrumental lessons
  • Children will develop the ability to ‘actively listen’ preparing them for a GCSE music