It is well recognised that music can help to develop skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in all areas of the curriculum. This includes listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuitions, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, the ability to work in a group, self confidence and sensitivity towards others. Our aim, at Tithe Farm, is to offer children an enriching music curriculum, along with other opportunities to enjoy and engage with music on a daily basis.
Baseline assessments for our Reception group show that 90% of girls entering Reception achieve ‘Exploring and Using Media and Materials’, compared to only 50% of boys. Similarly, 80% of girls achieved ‘Being Imaginative’, whilst again, only 50% of boys did. Therefore, we aim to engage both boys and girls in a variety of musical opportunities, such as engaging music lessons, weekly singing assemblies, musical productions and even recording our own school CD with a professional sound engineer.
Our music curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills based upon the 8 inter-dimensional strands of music: pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre, structure, texture and notation. This is achieved through listening to and appraising the work of great musicians for inspiration and exploration, and to build up a repertoire of techniques and approaches that they can apply in their own compositions, as well as performance on instruments and with voice, improvisation, composition, recording and evaluating musical performances.
In a recent pupil interview, 96% of the children asked expressed that they enjoyed singing and wished they had more opportunities to sing in school. Because of this, we are continually looking for ways to bring music into the classrooms on a daily basis.