Music

Purpose of Study

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 talents and musician, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. It is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It transcends different cultures, abilities and generations. Listening to and making music fulfils an instinctive human need for self expression and creativity. It stimulates responses both emotional and at intellectual levels. Music is a lifelong source of pleasure and is education for life.

Aims of the National Curriculum

The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great 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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notation

Here at Brentnall we aim to teach exciting and interactive music lessons by bringing together great music from all musical periods and using modern teaching methods to ensure the success of our pupils.

We currently follow the Sing Up music curriculum that supports all aspects of music in school, including the new music curriculum.

Children also enjoy whole-class instrumental tuition through the MAPAS Wider Opportunities programme. They develop their performance skills throughout the year by performing for a range of audiences and at concert halls including the Lowry Theatre and at the Bridgewater Hall with the world-class Halle Orchestra.

We have a fantastic school choir for children of all ages which practises every week with Miss Wills. The highlight of the year is their participation in the Young Voices Concert with thousands of local school children at the Manchester Arena.

Singing assembly is held each week for all children from year 1 to year 6 where we learn to appreciate a wide range of musical artist and genres.

We have very recently pledged our school to work towards the Sing Up silver award in which will further develop our whole school approach to music and particularly our love for singing.

Please click on the links below to see an overview of our music curriculum.