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.
The new National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
- learn to sing and use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (children have the opportunity to have individual tuition within school playing the clarinet, flute and violin) and use technology appropriately.
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Within Key Stage 1 pupils should be taught to play tuned and unturned percussion musically.
Within Key Stage 2 pupils use and understand staff and other musical notations and develop an understanding of the history of music.