At St Alban’s we believe that music is part of everyone’s life and is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children, which is why from the moment children enter our school music is all around them. We explore a wide variety of music genres from jazz to hip-hop, classical to pop and beyond.
Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of Music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community.
Our music lessons involve listening to a new piece of music every week, encouraging children to identify and move to the rhythm and pulse of the music. Then reviewing the structure of the music to enable our children to learn to sing and/or play a song from the genre. Children are encouraged to reflect on their performances as individuals and ensembles in order to develop their performance skills. Throughout their learning children have access to iPads to record themselves and others as well as App's such as Garage Band to aid with composition! Music really is in the air at St Alban’s!
The aims of music teaching at St Alban’s are to enable children to:
• Know and understand how sounds are made and then organised into musical structures.
• Develop the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appreciating music.
• Know how music is made through a variety of instruments.
• Know how music is composed and written down.
• Know how music is influenced by the time, place and purpose for which it was written
At St Alban’s having music on in the background to inspire us while we learn, to the songs we sing on the playground - music is everywhere!