Here at Raddlebarn music plays an important part in school life. We believe that a high-quality music education should 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. Linked to their topic, the children are taught a broad and balanced music curriculum which helps develop their listening skills and encourages them to develop their creative and expressive abilities. The emphasis is on practical experiences through singing, playing, composing and listening. The children love the opportunity to use the percussion instruments and glockenspiels to take part practically in music lessons. All these activities give pupils the opportunity to work individually, in pairs, in groups and as a class.
Music is a universal language which embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high- quality music education should 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.
We aim 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 Raddlebarn the intention is for pupils to gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating and composing across a range of styles, traditions, musical genres and historical periods. We are committed to ensuring that pupils understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and encourage them to use their skills, knowledge and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of contexts.
To support our music teaching and provide engaging opportunities for our pupils, we often invite guests into school. Many children also receive music lessons outside of the curriculum taught by specialist teachers from The Music Service. There is a wide choice of instrument teaching from djembe drums, strings, woodwind and brass, as well as guitar. Our school orchestra rehearse weekly and regularly perform in concerts. The children also enjoy the opportunity to take part in workshops and concerts at Symphony Hall and Birmingham University, playing alongside other primary schools in Birmingham.