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. It is a creative and enjoyable activity that can also be a challenging subject but it can have a huge impact on a child’s learning and it plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community.
At Broadway, our intent is to provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical genres, and to begin to form opinions and critique the quality of music.
The implementation and aims of music teaching at Broadway Junior School are to enable children to:
- 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.
- Teaching and Learning Style
At Broadway Junior School we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children also learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach children to play a variety of musical instruments with control and sensitivity. We teach children how to work with others to make music and how individuals combine together to make sounds. We also teach them simple musical notation and how to improvise and to build on this and play music. We recognise that there are children of widely different musical abilities in all classes, so we 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 by:
- Setting common 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;
At present, specialist instruments that are learned are:
- Drums: Various Year Groups
- Glockenspiels : Year 3 and Year 5
- Ukulele: Year 4 and Year 6
- Electronic keyboard: School Rock Band
- Electric Guitar: School Rock