Music is a powerful force that we all, particularly at a young age, have the innate potential to access. Through appraisal and exposure to different musical styles, critical thinking and knowledge of musical elements will be built. Through playing, singing, creating and performing, children will develop confidence, communication and creative skills and their emotional well-being. In addition, as these activities utilise both sides of the brain, it will foster neural connections which will improve memory and coordination. The skills involved in playing and listening to music will also help learners develop the self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, creativity, and self-motivation necessary for success.
As part of the planning process, teachers are resourced with:
- A knowledge mat which outlines key vocabulary and skills
- Access to a variety of online teaching, composition and practice resources such as Charanga, BBC Ten pieces and Google Song Maker
- A clear progression of learning designed to build upon previous skills
- Whole class instrument sets, resources for teaching and training with subject lead
Every child will have the opportunity to learn to play a variety of musical instruments (other than voice) before leaving Exminster, and all children in KS2 will be offered further peripatetic. It is our vision that every child adopts an understanding and love of music that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.