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.
The national curriculum for music aims 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
Students participate in a variety of practical and theory exercises that develop themselves as listeners, performers and composers. They study a range of music; from the religious Renaissance to the experimental Twentieth Century, a variety of World and Popular music to the soundtracks of film, radio and video games.
Students have the opportunity to use a range of instruments, practice room facilities, and the Mac suite to develop their ability to use Music Technology to write, edit and master compositions. There are extra-curricular clubs after school to further their musical skills beyond the classroom, including a choir, music technology club and instrumental lessons, as well as visits to concert venues and music events.