The National Curriculum for England, July 2013 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.'
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 notations.
Music is taught weekly to every year group with a mix of national curriculum and whole class instrumental teaching delivered by our specialist music teacher Mrs Jane Roe from Art Form Leeds. In additon we have the school choir in Key Stage 2 led by Lucy Haigh, Cathedral Choral Director, from the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme. We are also pleased to host the Leeds Schools Choir of which children from Sacred Heart are a part of.