St. Joseph’s Music curriculum centres around a carefully selected collection of trailblazing classical pieces, from traditional to modern, using the inspiring BBC Ten Pieces resource. Our children are introduced to a huge variety of styles, influences and composers from Beethoven to modern day composers such as Prokofiev. Using the original piece of music as an inspiration, pupils then take part in a range of activities which allow them to develop their skills in the following key areas:
a) use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
b) play tuned and untuned instruments musically
c) listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
d) experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
a) play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
b) improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
c) listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
d) use and understand staff and other musical notations
e) appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
f) develop an understanding of the history of music
After listening to and appraising the original piece of music, pupils thoroughly enjoy the opportunities to explore the different inter-connected elements of music including rhythm, pitch, dynamics and tempo. They use voice, body-percussion, tuned and un-tuned instruments to create their own musical responses to the stimulus. They work in partners, groups and as a class to compose their own pieces of music, and have begun to look at different ways of noting down their ideas.
Children at St. Josephs are given lots of opportunities to share their work in music through our fantastic music celebration assemblies. We have had some wonderful performances of whole class body-percussion compositions, a ‘classroom concerto’, songs inspired by the focus classical piece, research into the history of the piece or composer, and artwork inspired by the focus classical piece of music.
Additional Music Opportunities
We have a dedicated choir who meet weekly. The have made links with the local community by singing carols at local care homes. They lead the singing in masses and are working towards performing at concerts such as the 2020 Music Celebrations.
During the summer term children in Year 4 will take part in a 10 week course to learn a brass instrument with the Wirral Music Hub’s First Access instrument provision.