What is Music?
The new National Curriculum set out it aims for Music to ensure all pupils:
· Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
· Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
· Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
At Shakespeare Junior School, every child takes part in an hour of high quality Music lessons every week, with the opportunity to extend this through music lessons.
What does it look like at SJS?
We are fortunate to have access to a large music room which is sound proofed at Shakespeare Junior School. This music room has a range of instruments including xylophones, keyboards, drum kit and percussion.
Year 3 have the opportunity to make their own instruments and play them in the summer term as well as performing in a production at Christmas time.
Year 4 have the opportunity to be part of Listen 2 Me (one term per class). This is when an outside agency comes into our school, to teach a class a range of instruments which they then perform to parents. Some of the instruments have been ukuleles, guitars and violins. They really enjoy doing this as it gives everyone an equal opportunity to learn an instrument. 30 of the 90 children have also been chosen to learn songs which they will perform at Winchester Cathedral with 6 other schools.
Year 5 get the opportunity to learn different songs which they will then all be going to the Anvil and performing with an orchestra and lots of different schools. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to share be part of a big choir.
Year 6 get the experience of performing in a production at the end of the year. Over the years they have performed in different productions such as the Lion King and Aldan.
We also offer private music lessons for a range of instruments including guitars, violins, drums and piano.
Listen 2 Me concert: