“There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is.” ~ William P. Merrill
Music in St Joseph’s reflects the mission and purpose of our school. We believe that music plays a vital role in enhancing our worship and celebration.
At St Joseph’s we are endeavouring to integrate all subjects into our creative curriculum. By developing children’s creativity we hope to inspire and motivate, and ensure all pupils receive their entitlement to high quality music lessons. Many children have musical ability that they are unaware of and we would wish to explore and encourage expression of, and confidence in, those talents.
Through music we aim to promote the vital social skills of respect and appreciation of others and their work; collaboration and co-operation; and interaction with peers and an audience.
- To develop pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding of music and musical theory.
- To enhance the self-esteem and confidence off all children during music lessons.
- To ensure there are a range of opportunities for children to perform and to a variety of audiences; enabling greater participation.
- To increase the appreciation the children have of their own culture and of others.
- To encourage collaboration between peers.
- To use music to enhance other curriculum areas.
Music and the National Curriculum
At St Joseph’s we aim to meet the requirement of the revised National Curriculum (commencing Sept 2014). Below is the purpose of Music in Key Stage 1 and 2:
“Music is a universal language that 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 see this as a basis for our policy, and we are very keen in music for knowledge, understanding and development to come from practical experience.
Music at St Joseph’s School is mainly taught as a separate subject. Teachers use the Music Express Scheme.
Each year, one class receives an instrumental lesson as part of ‘Wider Opportunities’ from Derbyshire Music Partnership:
2011-12: Year 3 Violin
2012-13: Year 5 Clarinet
2013-14: Year 4 Flute
2014-15: Year 3 Percussion
2015-16: Year 5 Ukelele
For one term per year, we are also in receipt of whole class singing lessons from Miss Pendlebury (part of St Mary’s RC High School, Chesterfield).
Individual instrumental tuition in strings is also provided by a visiting tuition company, as well as ‘Further Opportunities’ from the Music Partnership.
We are keen at times for shared performance from class to class, so that pupils can enjoy displaying their talents. The music is also used in whole-school activities, which take the form of assemblies, Christmas productions, hymn practices, musical show and musical groups.