At Henry Chadwick we value music because it is the most powerful and unique form of communication that can change and impact the way children feel, think and act. We believe that teaching music helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them to learn the sounds and meanings of words. Dancing to music helps children build motor skills while allowing them to practice self-expression. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential and we aim to nurture and encourage musical development across the school.
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
At Henry Chadwick our music provision goes beyond the National Curriculum, with children sitting yearly music ensemble exams which develop teamwork and build resilience.
What do we teach? What does this look like?
At Henry Chadwick we make music an enjoyable learning experience. This is done through services brought in from Rock It Music, classroom-based activities, concerts and annual productions and singing assemblies. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen to and appreciate different forms of music. All children learn instrumental techniques and will have opportunities to play keyboards and tuned/untuned percussion. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer, and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. We often teach these together. We also teach children to make music together, to understand musical notation, and to compose pieces.
We recognise that in all classes children have a wide range of musical ability, and so we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this in a variety of ways:
setting tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
setting tasks of increasing difficulty (not all children complete all tasks);
providing resources of different complexity, depending on the ability of the child;
using classroom assistants to support the work of individuals or groups of children where needed.
The objectives of teaching music in our school are to enable children to:
develop aesthetic sensitivity and creative ability in all pupils.
foster pupils’ sensitivity to, and their understanding and enjoyment of, music through an active involvement in listening, composing and performing.
provide for the expression and development of individual skills and for sharing experience and cooperating with others; singing, playing, composing and listening can give individual and collective satisfaction.
develop an awareness of musical traditions and developments in a variety of cultures and societies.
the capacity to express ideas, thoughts and feelings through music
provide the opportunity to experience a feeling of fulfilment which derives from striving for the highest possible artistic and technical standard.
What will this look like? By the time children leave our school they will:
Have a rapidly widened repertoire which they will be able to use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance works.
This will be evident through;
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 verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities. Before leaving Henry Chadwick our musicians will all have the opportunity to enter Into external ensemble music exams run by the London College of Music. This shows a commitment to a broad curriculum that can engage all children.