Music Curriculum Intent
At St Michael’s, we offer an inspiring and exploratory-based music curriculum, which is accomplished in three ways:
- Firstly, we use Music Express to develop children’s understanding of how music is created, produced and communicated through the inter-related dimension of music. Amongst others, this includes knowledge of pitch, duration, pulse, rhythm, tempo, timbre and structure. We teach children to perform music by exploring, composing and improvising through the use of instruments and voice. Children will perform to an audience, either individually or in a group, and critically reflect on their own performance and recognise their talents and skills.
- We augment this by developing an appreciation of music history and culture, genres and style to reflect our diverse community. We ask children to listen to music and develop their own preferences and opinions by engaging with great composers and musicians.
- Finally, we connect with expert local and national agencies to provide children with a range of exciting additional opportunities and experiences, inspiring them to develop a life-long love of music.
By the time they leave St Michael’s, children will be connoisseurs of a wide range of genres and composers, and have the knowledge and skills in readiness for further music teaching in secondary school.
Music Curriculum Implementation - Long Term Progression Map
Music Express is used as the basis for our music curriculum. Music is taught every week of each half term, according to the following long term plan: