Music Subject Leader
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."
The study of music engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Vision for Music
Across the school, music is used within the classroom to support learning, such as through Supermovers and using instrumental music when children arrive in the mornings or during independent work. The school also meets together on a Friday afternoon for Music and Movement where children and adults join together to learn and perform different dance routines to popular music, sharing the joy of music together.
Progression in Knowledge and Skills for Music at Floreat Montague Park
In Early Years, music is part of everyday routines across the different classroom settings. There are indoor and outdoor resources to allow children to experiment and play with musical instruments and performing. They have a weekly music and singing assembly. In Reception, a weekly lessons with the music teacher. Through teacher modelling, group work and direct teaching, children will learn to sing a variety of songs including nursery rhymes and actions songs. Children begin to listen to music and discuss their likes and dislikes and explore different percussion instruments and find the beat of music through their bodies.
In Key Stage 1, children are taught to listen and appraise music with concentration and understanding. They use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Children also play tuned and untuned instruments musically and experiment with creating and combining sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music. Children are taught to use symbol notation to help them perform and record their compositions.
In Lower Key Stage 2, children continue to listen and appraise music with concentration and understanding, picking out specific details. Children also start to receive whole class instrumental lessons, using formal staff notation beginning with recorders. They play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts both by using their voices and playing instruments with increasing accuracy and fluency and begin to make connections with the history of music.
In Upper Key Stage 2, children listen and appraise a wide range of music from different traditions and from great composers and musicians. They play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. Whole class instrumental lessons continue with all children learning to play the recorder, ukulele, keyboards and djembes alongside other tuned and untuned instruments during their time at FMP. Children also develop more understanding of the history of music and use and understand staff and other musical notations.
In addition to our classroom based music lessons, we are lucky to also have The Music Guru team at Floreat. They offer individual and group lessons in guitar, piano, recorder, violin and singing (at an additional cost).