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At St Mary's we follow the National Curriculum content for Music and this is enhanced by the delivery of Wider Opportunities. Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We intend to 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 aim of our music curriculum is 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 to create and document music.
  • 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.

We expect our pupils to become confident and eager singers and performers, enabling them to experience a variety of opportunities to perform and share their learning and love of music, linking their breadth of music learning to their studies across the curriculum. Music can be enjoyed by all pupils and we recognise it can be particularly engaging and impactful for those with SEND.

Below is a copy of our music curriculum which outlines the knowledge and skills covered from Reception to Year 6.