The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
• Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
• Be taught to sing, create and compose music
• Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
At Belmont the intention is that children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, performing (through singing and playing), evaluating and analysing (through critical engagement) and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Our objective at Belmont is to develop a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community, and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
The music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. Music is embedded in our classroom activities (often related to the current topic) as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concert performances and the learning of instruments. One of our aims is to insure children feel confident to use music terminology, in order to clearly articulate how the sound is made, and played. In addition, children are also taught how to appreciate and analyse music. In the classroom students learn how to play an instrument. In doing so, they understand the different principles of each method of creating notes, as well as how to create informal notation and read basic music notation. They also learn how to compose, focussing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds (often seen in Early Years) is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.