The music curriculum at St Albans promotes a love of singing and performing throughout the year groups. All children at St Albans are given the opportunity to sing daily through assembly times and also within topic themes. Because we consider the voice to be the primary instrument at St Albans, children are taught musical skills such as rhythm and dynamics through singing. Through carefully planned and structured lessons children are taught correct dictation, correct methods for breathing and using phrasing within musical sentences to express emotion. The new curriculum is split into several areas which are:-
Controlling sounds through singing and performing
Creating and developing musical ideas (composing)
Responding and reviewing (appraising)
Listening and applying knowledge and understanding
Children from the earliest stage are encouraged to sing, perform and use a range of musical instruments. The school provides opportunities for children to shine through out of school activities and competitions such as Glee Club and the recent BBC Ten Pieces initiative.
The school also promotes the learning of musical instruments and we have many children learning woodwind, brass and guitar through tuition arranged at school. In addition all children are offered the opportunity to play recorder in year 2.
The year groups work well together to create productions to perform at Christmas and in the summer. Children playing instruments and in clubs are encouraged to perform in assemblies and events throughout the year to show off their talents.
St Albans was awarded the platinum Sing Up award for the outstanding level of singing and performance. This is a rare achievement in schools across the country.
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