Music at Awbridge Primary School
At Awbridge, we endeavour to 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 will be encouraged to develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, appraise and perform with confidence.
The teaching of music is arranged in different elements including performing, composing and appraising. As part of their class music lessons, children will have the opportunity 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. They will 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 to progress to the next level of musical excellence. In addition, they will 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 Awbridge, every child has the opportunity to learn a range of instruments, including whole class tuition. They will receive tuition from specialist teachers, with their class and perform to their parents at the end of the school year.
Additionally, all pupils sing every week in Singing Assembly where they learn a variety of songs.
Children in Years 4 to 6 have the opportunity to be part of the school choir, performing at school and community events throughout the year. We perform at Romsey Abbey every year for the Awbridge, Halterworth and Wellow Collaboration Carol Service. In addition, we perform with Romsey School at their Carol Service in the Autumn term and collaborate again with a variety of schools in the Romsey Schools Choir Festival. Awbridge Choir also perform at several others events: at Kent’s Oak and Awbridge Village hall at Christmas; charity events such as George’s Trust Coffee Morning and at our school Christmas and Summer Fayres.
To develop focussed tuition in music, at Awbridge, pupils are provided with the opportunity to learn a wide range of instruments individually or in small groups, with peripatetic teachers.
Children are also given the opportunity to learn to play their favourite pop songs during Rock Steady practice. They work as a team in a rock band to learn each part on keyboard, guitar, drums and vocals.
Music is an integral part of daily life at Awbridge, within the classroom and beyond. Its positive effects upon the well-being of pupils is both recognised and celebrated.
Teaching Safeguarding through Music
At Awbridge through our curriculum we support children to…
- develop a cultural awareness
- accepting and respecting different preferences in music
- recognise that music can generate emotions in selves and others
- be a respectful audience for example at rocksteady concerts i.e. not chanting one name and why
- give and receiving constructive criticism
- share instruments and taking turns to understand that some people are more sensitive to sound than others