a. Who leads this subject?
Music Subject Leader: Olivia Moat / Judi McCauslan
Music Specialist in school Teacher: Judi McCauslan
Subject Team Governor: Joanne Hewson
Part of the SAW (Sports, Arts and Wellbeing) Curriculum Team
Curriculum Design: Own design in line with DfE model music curriculum, supported by Charaga scheme.
a. Music Curriculum Intent
Developed as part of our Ambition Institute specialist curriculum training:
‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.’ (The National Curriculum)
The music curriculum at St. Margaret’s intends to inspire creativity and self-expression. It is our intent that we make music an enjoyable learning experience that develops children’s musical skills and fosters a life long love of music. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical activities and performances through which to develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, inventiveness and sense of achievement. We are committed to providing content which will enable each child to aspire to reach their full musical potential; through singing, composing, playing instruments and performing. All children are provided with the opportunity to present in front of an audience, both within and outside of school.
d. Music Knowledge Boards
Some aspects of our teaching are single subject based but our integrated subject approach ensures that we have the National Curriculum Coverage.
Our knowledge boards have been designed by our curriculum team of experts and secures the coverage and progression through our school.
Music Knowledge Board:
e. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education in Music
f. Music National Curriculum Purpose
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.
g. Music National Curriculum Aims
The aims for the Music Curriculum 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.