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St Mabyn School

Music Overview

At St. Mabyn School, we believe that music is an integral part of school life, and that all children naturally have musical ability. A music curriculum should inspire children to love music, and offer opportunities for all children to participate, perform, achieve and thrive. It should be a way to connect with the wider community, through Songfest, music festivals or local concerts, and should be a way to enhance the learning across the school and in all subjects. Our children learn and develop musical skills and knowledge throughout their school life, in singing, responding to music, using musical notation and composing. We use music whenever possible in the classroom to aid learning, and experience a wide range of styles and musical periods.

Statement of Intent

Our Music curriculum is shaped by our school vision, values and curriculum drivers CAN:-

Develop a Caring heart- Children will find out who they are, their place within the world and how they fit in.

Develop an Active mind and body- Children will have the wisdom to use their knowledge and skills to be the best learners now and for their future.

Develop a Nurturing character- Children will stand up for themselves and others; respect each other, be prepared for personal challenge and successfully collaborate.


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

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, expressive 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 See the intent, implement, impact statement  for the progression map.

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, whole school singing in collective worship, 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. Where possible we have a music specialist to teach classroom lessons, either through First Access, or another music specialist. At St Mabyn, pupils have the opportunity to play instruments through linking with the Cornwall Music Service Trust and through our school recorder club; in doing so, they understand the different principle of each method of creating notes, as well as how to read basic music notation. We have a school choir which provides an opportunity for the children to improve their singing, learn a wide repertoire of songs and perform in a variety of settings. 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.


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 the community, and will readily enter into local events like the Wadebridge music and poetry festival and Songfest.