At St. Joseph’s we believe that music is a way for the children to express their creativity and talent. A high quality music education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils to develop a love of music and equip them with the understanding, knowledge and skills to listen, experiment, invent and create their own musical compositions. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically about the music they hear. They should also know how it reflects and shapes our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Our children gain a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing, and composing across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. Where we can, we link learning in Music to the curriculum themes being studied so that Music fits within a context for learning. We are committed to developing a curiosity for the subject, as well as an understanding and acceptance of the importance of all types of music, and an unbiased respect for the role that music may wish to be expressed in any person’s life. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music, in a variety of different contexts.
High quality music education enables lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of, music. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and to make music with others.
Our key provider for tuition is Lancashire Music Service who are able to provide pupils with the opportunity to engage with music using a variety of instruments.
We provide free tuition for one KS2 class each year so that all pupils will have the opportunity to learn and experience a musical instrument. Currently, our Year 3 pupils are learning to play the ukulele.
We also give KS2 pupils the opportunity to purchase extra curricular music for clarinet, keyboard, guitar and flute. Many of our pupils partake in these classes and the majority go on to take exams in their chosen instrument.