National Curriculum: Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
Pupils should be taught to:
§ play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
§ improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
§ listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
§ use and understand staff and other musical notations
§ appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
§ develop an understanding of the history of music
Music at Longborough C of E Primary School encourages children to explore, perform and evaluate music. Weekly music lessons seek to include a practical element (recorder/singing/percussion playing); a lesson from Music Express; the writing of notation and rhythms building upon pupils’ aural memory; elements of composition and developing a history of music. We also encourage pupils to prepare ‘Music of the week’ where children present their favourite band/piece of music to the class, expanding knowledge of musical genre.
Every year, children have an opportunity to perform in a number of concerts/productions. Venues have included Longborough Opera House and other local schools, where concerts and workshops have been led by Susannah Vango, a prominent Soprano, voice coach and conductor. Children also take part in other workshops, which to date have included musical drama and percussion. During the summer term, children take part in the the High Five Popular Music Concert, which has included performances of Abba and Disney songs (Rio: Hot Wings I Wanna party, Will.I.Am).
Instrumental tuition is also encouraged. Every pupil is given the opportunity to learn the recorder within key stage 2. Children perform as a group on a weekly basis and learn to read notation. Children are also given the opportunity to play their instruments within concerts and assemblies. Other instrumental tuition is offered by peripatetic teachers, and at present includes ukulele and guitar tuition. High quality singing is also encouraged and is undertaken with the whole school on a weekly basis.