Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire children to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As children 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.
Throughout Years One and Two, children are taught how use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They also learn how to play tuned and untuned instruments musically and how to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music. A wide variety of planned opportunities enable children to experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
All children in Key Stage One receive a weekly music lesson from a specialist music teacher and pupils in Year Two are offered the opportunity of violin tuition.