Music curriculum at Duke Street
Purpose of study
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should 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 the best in the musical canon.
At Duke Street our aims for music are to ensure that all pupils:
- 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.
Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
- play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Key stage 2
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.
At Duke Street we follow The Charanga Musical School Scheme which consists of units of work that all contain the following elements
- Listening and Appraising
- Musical Activities – creating and exploring
All activities are based around a song.
- Games embed the Interrelated Dimensions of Music through repetition
- Singing is at the heart of all the musical learning
- Playing instruments with the song to be learnt – tuned/un-tuned classroom percussion and an option to play any band instrument. A sound-before-symbol approach is used but scores are provided as an understanding of notation is introduced to the children
- Improvising with the song using voices and instruments occurs in some Units of Work
- Composing with the song using instruments occurs in some Units of Work
The Lancashire Music Service run our school choir for Key Stage 2 pupils which meets each week at lunchtimes and also has the opportunity to sing for the school and go out into the local community. Instrumentalists play in special assemblies, as we believe performance is an important aspect of music. The Duke Street’s Got Talent event is a further extra curricular opportunity for children to perform to a larger audience.
All children have opportunities to sing or play instruments for the Christmas productions and when they perform in the highly regarded Upper Junior end of year production in July.
Our aim is that children leave Duke Street with an appreciation and enjoyment of music in all its varied forms.