“I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music.” – Albert Einstein
We believe that music is a powerful form of expression that teaches children new skills whilst developing the learning that takes place in other subjects in the school. Furthermore, music study can improve confidence, memory, independent learning, creativity, team-work and social skills. It can also improve handwriting, reading speed and has been shown to increase achievement in Maths and English.
“The varied nature of [music education] enables students to develop highly desirable skills in areas such as self-management, teamwork, problem-solving, and communication; all of which makes them an attractive prospective for potential employers.” – University of Oxford Website
We aim for all children who study music here at Cliff Lane to be able to;
- learn to sing and use their voices by creating and composing music on their own and with others.
- have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and move towards the next level of musical excellence.
- perform, listen to and evaluate music across genres, traditions and historical periods of time.
- appreciate the work of great composers and musicians.
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
- gain the confidence for performing in front of a public audience
We are fortunate enough to have a non-class based qualified music teacher on site who teachers all children the music curriculum from reception to year 6. The music scheme of work is bespoke and tailored to the topics that each year group cover. We enhance this by using a programme called Charanga that uses IT and interactive resources to cover all areas of the national curriculum.
We have a music room where the children are taught music on a weekly basis. Every child will have the opportunity to learn 2 musical instruments during their time with us. In addition to this, we as a school promote musical expression and children regularly partake in ‘talent shows’ or spontaneously sing before an assembly should they feel the desire to do so.
At Cliff Lane we work hard to ensure that musical excellence is promoted in all areas of school life. Our children are regular visitors to Snape Maltings Concert Hall, attending concerts and performing on stage as part of massed choir and celebration events. Children who excel in a musical instrument have the opportunity to take registered musical qualifications, provided by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. These start with Music Medals and Prep Tests, moving towards standard instrumental grades as children become more proficient. We have many children who have taken these exams, with one of our Year 5 Pupils currently working towards Grade 3 Trumpet and Piano this summer.
Snape Performance 2018