Subject Leader: Mr Gray
The National Curriculum (2014) sees Music as a fluid subject and can be incorporated across the curriculum and in whole school collaborative times. There are 4 elements to teaching music, these are: compose, describe, transcribe and perform. All 4 of these elements are taught through practical exploration and discussion in music lessons.
Music at Caedmon
Music at Caedmon is engaging and fun and the Gateshead Music Service supports us every week to teach musical instruments to our children. Furthermore, we have regular school productions and performances which provides pupils with plenty opportunities to perform in front of an audience.
The intent of Music at Caedmon is to provide children with opportunities to learn, develop and play a range of different instruments. Children use their voices and play musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression on a weekly basis every term. Children also develop their awareness of music composers, artists and the history of music through exploration of different cultural and traditional music styles.
Our children collectively perform on a regular basis as a school. Some of the collective performances include: singing assemblies, Christmas and end of year productions, year group class assemblies, harvest festivals and carol services. At Caedmon music is also embedded across our curriculum. We use music videos and lyrics in English lessons to develop empathy and story writing. In history we focus on topic related music and genre to explore invaders and settlers, Egyptians, Stone Age and many other different time periods. Music is used in PSHE assemblies; pupils sing as an ensemble a range of different music styles and then they can discuss what these lyrics might mean.
Caedmon works in collaboration with professionals in the industry from the Gateshead Music Service who provide excellent provision in instrument playing and vocal work. At Caedmon we try to create experiences for children to be surrounded by music outside of the classroom to so regular trips are booked by different year groups and we visit the pantomime on a yearly basis. The subject is consistently being enhanced through meetings with the music service to inspire children’s learning and focus on developing a musical school.
After discussions with Caedmon pupils about their views of music lessons students said that they enjoyed music lessons because they were fun and engaging. The pupils enjoyed the practical side of music and enjoyed the opportunity to develop their skills learning how to play a range of instruments. Pupils also expressed that they enjoyed listening and watching a range of performances that involved musical elements within them. They really enjoy visiting the theatre to see the yearly pantomime and they enjoy watching concerts and theatre shows. They expressed that they would like to visit more theatres and music venues to listen to a range of music.