In Beechlawn School, Music is highly valued and we want all pupils to have the opportunity to take part in a variety of musical activities. Music enables pupils to explore feelings and moods and be able to express themselves in different ways other than verbal communication.
· Creativity and understanding of the expressive impact of music.
· The purpose behind various compositions, through composing, performing and listening.
· Pupils' Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.
· And builds self-confidence, self-esteem and listening skills.
The 3 strands of the Music Curriculum taught in Music Lessons are:
· Working creatively with sound by creating musical stories, pictures, patterns and conversations.
· Singing and performing with simple instruments
· Listening and responding to their own and others' music-making.
Music links with Literacy and Creative Arts. There is a strong link between beats and rhythms in Music with syllables and rhythms when reading text. Pupils have access to a great range of instruments to choose from including all types of percussion, recorders, tin whistles.
As teachers we aim to make Music lessons fun, interactive and exciting.
· We use a variety of BBC music programmes on different topics which can be linked to Literacy and Art.
· Pupils learn about the different sounds each untuned percussion instrument makes and they can choose which would be appropriate to enhance their poem or story.
· Pupils listen to different styles of music and make personal choices about likes and dislikes
· Pupils learn how to compose tunes on tuned instruments by writing music notes in a tune for themselves.
Any pupil in Beechlawn School can join the school choir. It is a valuable way of encouraging pupils to work together as a team. Pupils learn tunes and lyrics very quickly and love to perform to others.
Pupils' musical experiences have been increased this year by having "live" music from a Strings group and a "hands-on" experience from a drummer.