What does Music at St Mark's look like?
We know that music promotes positivity, self-confidence and a sense of community. Therefore, we believe in making music a part of our everyday practise, whether through singing assemblies, extra-curricular activities or music lessons. We will provide a high-quality, rich music education where self-expression, creativity, imagination and confidence is highly encouraged.
Throughout their time here, the children will develop their knowledge and understanding of the different dimensions of music (Beat, Rhythm, Pitch, Dynamics, Structure, Timbre, Texture and Style) through composing and performing music linked to their topic, in addition to exploring music from other countries, cultures and that of great composers. The children will learn how to listen and appraise a variety of different pieces, read and record staff notation, compose, improvise and perform confidently to others.
In year 3, the children will learn how to play the ukulele through whole-class tuition. This is led by a music specialist, who will continue to develop the skills of reading and writing notation. This is all paid for by school as part of our continued music provision.
There are a wealth of opportunities, through private tuition, for children to continue to learn instruments: Violin, Piano, Guitar, Drums, Recorder, Ukulele, Flute, Cornet and Clarinet. All of which can be joined at any time during the Year.
We are also blessed with being able to have an amazing choir and orchestra, led my Mrs Nia Bennett, these are both run as after school clubs (free of charge). The choir and orchestra play an integral part in all of our festivals and assemblies.
Please see below for the Music Curriculum Plan, written by Subject Lead Miss J Thornhill.
What is mastery in music?
Mastery is the pursuit of excellence – and for the musician, it is about appreciating and accepting our own strengths and weaknesses, enabling us to learn from our mistakes and draw on those around us. It is about working collaboratively for a collective goal (performance) rather than for our own self gain.
Top Tips for Parents...
Play music around the house - talk about the artist, their background and how the music makes you feel.
Download garage band on an Ipad or computer.
If possible, encourage the learning of a musical instrument.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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