The music curriculum at Dringhouses

The national curriculum states: 

‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.’

At Dringhouses, we recognise that a thorough grounding in music is a vital part of all our children’s education. Each class has a weekly music lesson, taught by our music specialist Mrs Clarke, in our large and well-equipped music room. Lessons are practical and engaging and in the course of each year, all children will cover the following seven different aspects of musical development:

Singing – A wide range of traditional and contemporary songs from Britain and around the world.

Listening – Youtube is a fabulous resource for listening to and watching all types of musical performances. We also have regular live performances from local musicians. We also make use of the BBC Ten Pieces project and as often as possible our listening is related to the work children are doing in class.

Improvisation and Composition – Children use percussion instruments, keyboards and their recorders to write their own music related to their topics, or music we have been listening to in class.

Recorder – Each child in KS2 learns to play the recorder using the American’ Recorder Karate’ programme. This means that they also all become competent music readers.

Dalcroze and Eurhythmy – Movement to music with the aim of developing coordination, teamwork and ability to feel pulse and rhythm.

History of Music – The children leave our school with a knowledge of the great composers of western classical and pop music. They will also have played and sung music from other parts of the world. They will have an idea of how music has developed through time and how different kinds of music are related.

Children have regular opportunities to perform in school, in lessons and assemblies and at our seasonal church services and fairs. We have a choir and an orchestra, which are free for anyone in KS2 to join, and a rock band, all of whom meet weekly and perform regularly throughout the year.

Ofsted noted (June 2015): Some Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 pupils, joined by pupils from another local school, showed outstanding skills when beating rhythm sticks in various ways to alter the pitch and volume of sound, in perfect time with Edvard Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King. This is in preparation for a performance at the National Centre for Early Music in York.

Instrumental lessons

We also have an excellent team of visiting (peripatetic) teachers who give private instrumental lessons during the school day. These teachers are self-employed and their charges range from between £65-£120 a term depending on the instrument and the number in the group.

Currently we offer: piano, keyboard, rock band, violin, viola, cello, guitar, clarinet, flute and cornet.

We are very keen for as many children as possible to take this opportunity to further their musical skills. The school pays for any child who is eligible for free school meals or the pupil premium to learn a musical instrument (this is dependent on a number of factors around the education a child is receiving).

Children from Class 2 listened to Winter from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. They then investigated how violins are made and explored how to make sounds.

Our Music subject leader is Mrs Clare Clarke

Please contact her for further information and/or take a look at the following documents:

Music Policy

Music Subject Skills Progression

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