We teach music at St Margaret Ward because it is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity.
Recent research has proven that engaging in musical activities has a significant impact on learning in other areas of the curriculum such as reading and maths. Music is also used effectively in our Catholic life to support reflection, meditation, mindfulness and praise.
We work together, alongside our specialist music teachers to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and progress their talents. We aim to increase children's self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement through concerts, both in school and in the community.
As the children progress through the music curriculum in their life at the school, they will develop an ability to listen to music critically using the language of the dynamics of music with confidence and meaning.
The music curriculum at St Margaret Ward aims to ensure that all pupils can:
- 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.
- learn a musical instrument.
- use technology appropriately.
- 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.