“Music is the art of sounds in the movement of time.” – Ferruccio Busoni
At the centre of our music lessons, we want to encourage creativity. We believe that music is a universal way in which children can develop a sense of their own identity whilst learning how to collaborate with others. Music breaks down social and cultural barriers, unites communities and connects with people. We invest in the idea that ‘music is a language the whole world speaks.’ At Westerton, we are proud of the way that music brings together the school and wider community for a common purpose: to celebrate the achievement of all. Our music lessons offer an opportunity for the development of both theoretical understanding and practical skills; we want music to be accessible for all children. The creative arts and music enable children to hone transferrable skills, such as problem solving and co-operation, and so we are passionate about every child being entitled to a good music education; we work hard to provide this.
The Westerton Music Curriculum aims to provide a rich and engaging format in which children can develop their own musicality. We want our children to leave us with a solid foundation upon which they can build and develop key skills; we want our children to be successful musicians.
Our music curriculum aims for pupils to:
- Experience and enjoy a wide range of music through participation in composing, performing and listening.
- Use this experience to develop a range of musical skills as they listen, sing, play and compose.
- Develop vocal skills.
- Participate in group performances to develop self-confidence and foster a sense of achievement.
- Learn and play a variety of instruments musically.
The National Curriculum for music aims for pupils to:
- 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.
At Westerton Primary Academy, we provide a wealth of extra-curricular musical activities for the children to enjoy, including the following:
- Individual peripatetic tuition delivered by specialist teachers: this takes the form of both 1:1 tuition (paid extra) and whole-class in Year 4 where each child gets to learn how to play the Xylophone.
- Themed musical days: such as ‘Caribbean Day’ in Year 2 where the children are immersed into the musical culture of the Caribbean.
- Year 3 and Year 6 choir: led by Mrs Downes and Mr Pool.
- First Orchestra: delivered by a peripatetic teacher, where children gain an insight as to what it’s like to be part of an orchestra
- Advanced Orchestra: taking place after school, children apply skills learnt in music lessons to develop their playing and musicality.
- Leeds Schools Music Association (LSMA): offering both choir and instrumental performances. Children become part of the wider music community and play as part of a city-wide orchestra/choir
- St. Mary’s Carol Service: children and staff show Christmas community spirit by performing a Christmas arrangement at the local church
- Finally, our biggest musical event of the year: Westerton’s Musical Evening, where children are able to showcase to parents all the talent and skills developed throughout the school year for a full evening performance.