Music Curriculum Map
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Curriculum Statement – Music – Chatsworth Primary School
‘Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything… Without music, life would be an error’. (Plato)
Music at Chatsworth is a subject we both cherish not only within the classroom but also in the many extra-curriculiar activities we provide. Whether it be Peripatetic lessons or choir or in the many trips we provide to London’s fantastic music venues, to taking part in music festivals at the Royal Albert Hall and Festival hall, music is integral to life at our school.
At Chatsworth we value music not only as a subject in its own right but because it can also help to develop the skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other national curriculum subjects. This includes listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuitions, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, the ability to work in a group, self confidence and sensitivity towards others.
At Chatsworth pupils will be taken on a musical odyssey form year 1 until they leave in Year 6. This includes lots of singing, listening to great pieces of music from a variety of genres, playing a wide variety of instruments including percussion instruments, Glockenspiels and Ukuleles. In year 5 children will learn how to play a brass instrument (provided free of change by the school) and in year 6 they learn how to play the keyboard. Permeating through all of this the children learn the fundamentals of music including learning how to read musical notation. In addition children have the opportunity to compose their own music and perform this to the class both in groups and individually.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in music, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Music is taught in every year group, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At Chatsworth Primary, we ensure that music has the same importance given to it as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to be enriched by its teachings. We also provide extracurricular activities including choir and peripatetic music lessons,
We believe music helps bind pupils into the wider life of Chatsworth and we seek to instil in our young people a passion for music, the skills to perform and compose, and an understanding of the dedication and hard work necessary to achieve meaningful success in this subject.
At Chatsworth we understand the value of music as an academic subject lies in its contribution to enjoyment and enrichment, for its social benefits, for those who engage in music seriously as well as for fun. High quality music education enables lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of, music, as well as underpinning excellence and professionalism for those who choose not to pursue a career in music.