Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. It is the study and development of performing, composing, analysing and evaluating music.
Music education should engage and inspire students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As students 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. Students will experience a rich, broad and varied exposure to music. The purpose of our musical education is to encourage our students to become creative and independent thinkers and problem-solvers, who are inquisitive about the wider world in which they live.
Our curriculum aims for Music are framed around the National Curriculum and the exam specifications we follow and is rich, broad and varied and carefully sequenced to allow:
- Students to engage and inspire a developing love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As students 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.
- Students to engage actively in the process of music study, develop performing skills individually and in groups, develop composing skills to organise musical ideas and recognise links between the integrated activities.
- Students to broaden their musical experience and interests, develop imagination and foster creativity and develop knowledge, understanding and skills needed to communicate effectively as musicians. Students are trained to develop awareness of a variety of instruments, styles and approaches to performing and composing alongside developing awareness of music technologies and their use in the creation and presentation of music. Through the study of Music, students develop as effective and independent learners with enquiring minds and are able to reflect upon and evaluate their own and others’ music. Students are given the opportunity to engage with and appreciate the diverse heritage of music, in order to promote personal, social, intellectual and cultural development.
- Students to become creative and independent thinkers and problem-solvers, who are inquisitive. It allows for a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural opportunities, where they show understanding, respect and tolerance of a range of cultures and musical styles/traditions, learning instruments, reading music and learning to perform accurately and fluently, as well as creating their own compositions, helps our students to develop a strength of character and resilience.
- Our student experience to be enhanced through our enrichment curriculum, where students, informed and inspired by their Music lessons, can take part in a wide variety of music ensembles and have the opportunity to perform at college and within our local community.
- High standards of academic achievement that open doors for students so that they can be successful in the next stage in their education, training or employment.
We will implement this in Music with the aim of ensuring our students can be the best they can be .