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Music Curriculum
 
At St Mabyn school, through God’s love we learn, grow and flourish together.

 
St Mabyn Church of England Primary School

Our school is one part of a family of well-connected schools. It is a small, nurturing school packed full of love: love for one another; love for learning; love for our neighbours and community and love for God. It comfortably sits in the heart of a picturesque, small rural village being overlooked by St Mabyn Church. In our school, adults and children collaborate to create a safe learning environment where everyone can flourish and achieve greatness, becoming curious imaginative life-long learners. St Mabyn School is the gateway through which the future possibility of the adult emerges.
 

1 John 3:1 8

"My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth,"

 
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
  • and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.

At St Mabyn, we believe that music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate our children. We feel that it is a vehicle for the children’s personal expression and that it can play an important part in their personal development. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music at St Mabyn supports our children in understanding the world in which they live. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, we know that music can be a highly academic and demanding subject, lending itself to many other areas of our curriculum. It also plays an important part in helping our children feel part of a community. At St Mabyn, we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.

Implementation

Our music curriculum ensures students sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, various concerts and performances and the learning of instruments. The elements of music are taught in our classroom lessons so that children are able to use some of the language of music to dissect it, understand how it is made, played, appreciated and analysed. At St Mabyn, pupils have the opportunity to play instruments through linking with the Cornwall Music Service Trust; in doing so, they understand the different principle of each method of creating notes, as well as how to 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 music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.

Impact

The children at St Mabyn, have access to a varied programme, which allows students to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which our pupils may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. For our pupils, music will also help them to develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to themselves individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. At St Mabyn, children are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They can sing and feel a pulse. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they ever develop an interest in their lives. Children are confident to perform in front of audiences in Church and will readily enter into local events like the Wadebridge music and poetry festival and song fest.