At Tushingham, the Music curriculum, alongside other arts subjects is designed to empower our pupils by enhancing their knowledge and abilities within the creative arts.
We believe that it is important for all our pupils to encounter and experience music in all its widest forms, and in this way experience the rich cultural world in which we live. Through an engaging music education our pupils live out our vision by being inspired to work together, think creatively, embrace other cultures, explore emotions, build imagination, develop self-confidence and help them understand the value of sustained effort to achieve excellence and aspire to be the best they can be in God’s world utilising the talents and gifts they have been given.
The Tushingham music curriculum ensures pupils achieve the national curriculum outcomes by combining a variety of resources. We utilise the model music curriculum which provides a practical framework through which the statutory requirements of the curriculum can be met.
The MMC sets out sequences of learning in the following key areas which, when taken together, all contribute towards the steadily increasing development of musicianship:
- Performing/Instrumental Performance
Resources including Music Express and Kapow are then used to implement the model curriculum in EYFS, KS1 and lower KS2 with upper KS2 learning through whole class instrumental lessons provided by a specialist teacher.
In addition to weekly music lessons, pupils experience a variety of music performances by visitors and children have opportunities to have private instrumental lessons (for a range of instruments) within school time.
The whole music curriculum is further enhanced by opportunities to play an instrument in the Bridgewater Hall with the Halle Orchestra, sing as part of the Young Voices choir with 10,000 children at the AO arena in Manchester and take part in special singing events such as the song for the Queen (Platinum Jubilee event) and explore popular classical music through the BBC ‘Ten pieces’ initiative.
Music is an integral part of our school worship, where songs and music are used to praise and reflect daily.
Our Music curriculum, interwoven with our Christian ethos, gives our pupils knowledge and understanding that music is a powerful creative tool with which they can impact the world. By providing our children with a rich music culture which they can incorporate into their lives, and the skills to play and perform music, we are creating pupils who can demonstrate practically a love for others and the world God has given them and who will flourish so as to make a positive impact on the world, both now and in the future.