Music is a unique, powerful form of communication that brings together intellect and feeling. It enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of all societies the study of music enables children to understand and appreciate similarities and differences between cultures throughout the world.
Learning about music develops children’s ability to listen and to make judgements about preferences and quality. It encourages active participation, both individual and communal, developing creativity, self-discipline and co-operation, as well as aesthetic sensitivity.
(Adapted from the National Curriculum programme of study)
Music at Key Stage 1
Children listen carefully and respond physically to a wide range of music. They play percussion instruments and sing a variety of songs from memory, adding accompaniments and creating short compositions of their own. They explore and enjoy how sounds and silence can create different moods and effects.
Music at Key Stage 2
Children sing and play both percussion and tuned instruments with increasing skill and expression. They improvise their own musical compositions in response to a variety if different stimuli with increasing creativity and independence. Children explore their thoughts and feelings through response to a variety of music from different cultures and historical periods.