Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. St Andrew’s aims 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 should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, read and use music notation as well as listen and appraise a variety of music from different cultures and time periods.
Currently, children have the opportunity to have additional clarinet or violin lessons. In the ‘Department of Excellence’ (Years 4, 5 and 6) , children are also able to participate in the School Choir, performing as part of the Young Voices Choir at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena.
Music Pupil Voice
I like music because we get to experience playing different instruments. This year I performed in a steel drum band.Year 6 Pupil
Going into the music room is my favourite thing. We have been learning to play African drums.Year 5 pupil
I love singing with my class. I liked it when we sang in assembly.Year 2 pupil
Going for Gold!
To be Gold in Music:
- To use the appropriate terminology to appraise and listen attentively to a piece of music, extending their explanation using more challenging Music concepts.
- To understand and read Music Notation, understanding duration and pitch as well as an ability to understand time scales and music articulation.
- To compose music independently and as part of a group using a variety of tuned instruments
- To improvise to a pulse or to a piece of music confidently.
Through study of Music, problem-solving is a key integrated skill which should be apparent in every Music lesson.
- What does this musical stave tell us about how the music should be played?
- What musical dimensions are apparent in this piece of music? How are they different to another piece of music?
- Explain how you know what the texture, timbre, pitch and dynamics is like.
- Compare the dynamic markings of songs. How are they different?
- What instruments would you select to create a certain effect or mood?
Every January, our school choir performs as part of the Young Voices choir at Sheffield Arena – making up a choir of over 5000 children.
High Expectations in Music
Here is a selection of Music Appraisals from across our school. Children are expected to actively listen to a variety of music from different cultures and periods in time, giving feedback using the correct musical terminology.
The examples of work feature writing at or above the age-related standard.
Exploring what we can hear.read more
Year 1 used Charanga for rhythm & pulseread more
Our violinists have worked extremely hard to achieve their violin medals!read more
Enterprise jingles created by the children!read more
Examples of music work and skill development from across our school.read more
The Year 6 children created their own Samba Junkyard band!read more
From beginners to experts. A look at musical progression at St. Andrew’s.read more