In music lessons children enjoy a wide variety of appreciating, composing and performing activities. They are encouraged to co-operate in groups to produce quality work. All children are involved in a yearly music and drama performances. Children are taught to talk about the music they hear and perform using the appropriate vocabulary i.e. pitch, tempo, dynamics, and other elements.
As every child already owns their own instrument - their voice - the basis of musical education at Gislingham is taught through singing. Children are encouraged to find their singing voice and to have confidence to sing out with the the whole school, their class, in groups and on their own, right from the early years foundation stage. All Year 4 pupils learn a brass instrument as part of their class music lesson. They learn the rudiments of basic music theory and to play simple pieces on their instrument. They can then continue to learn the instrument in Year 5 and 6. There is a small parental contribution for this tuition.
The national curriculum for music aims for all pupils to: -
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the classic 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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations