The learning of music develops an awareness and appreciation of musical traditions, from the past and present, in a variety of cultures and societies. This helps children understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and wider world. The teaching of music develops children’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness.
At Greenleaf our music teaching aims to:
- provide all children with an education in music that is stimulating, enriching and inspiring through curricular and extra-curricular learning;
- encourage confidence in all the children through their involvement in music thus promoting individuals interest, self –reliance and motivation;
- develop an understanding and appreciation of different types of music and increase their ability to make judgements of musical quality;
- promote all the children’s achievements in music within the school and the wider community;
- provide all children with the opportunity to express themselves creatively and to develop their musical skills through an understanding of pitch, rhythm, dynamics, duration, timbre, texture and structure, using both instruments and voices;
- develop performing, composing and appraising skills by applying listening skills and knowledge and understanding of music;
- become increasingly aware of how music is produced, for example, through the use of instruments and musical processes including relevant symbols and notations;
- give children the opportunity to combine music with Computing, composing music digitally;
- provide children with the opportunity to work with professional musicians, eg. London Symphony Orchestra, attending and participating in concerts.
All children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, through our collaboration with the Waltham Forest Music Service:
- Recorder in Year 3
- Ukele in Year 4
- Samba drums in Year 5
- Steel pans in Year 6
Many children also have peripatetic music lessons in violin, flute, clarinet and piano.
All children also take part in weekly singing assemblies, can participate in our school choir and have the option of extra-curricular music clubs, for example recorder and guitar.
Music is celebrated through regular whole-school music concerts, which also include staff as role-models, for example in the staff choir.
For further information on our expectations for all children in Music by the time they leave Greenleaf, please click here.