Music

Music enriches our lives: it brings joy both as a listener and a participant; it can comfort and make us feel secure;  it can challenge us and confront us. All human societies and ages engage with music. Rarely does a day go by without music influencing and affecting us.

At Deansfield Primary School we strive to provide the best music education for all children. We are committed to developing excellence in both provision and outcomes. We want all our children to learn to be active participators in music and not just listeners.

Experiencing and learning music systematically provides many benefits to children. Research demonstrates that it  can enhance  learning in other areas of the curriculum.

By providing all children at Deansfield with regular music lessons we are helping to develop the following skills and attributes:

  • Pride and enjoyment in acquiring musical skills and sharing them with others.
  • Discipline -  starting and then  finishing a task, even when it takes weeks or months.
  • Co-operation with others in a shared experience.
  • Resilience - not giving up when a task is hard or when you don't succeed as much as you had hoped for.
  • Perseverance - it takes years of playing to master an instrument. You need to dedicate ten years of practise to become fully accomplished.
  • Commitment - most of the music your child will do takes place in groups. The success of the learning depends on each child being committed to each other and persevering to produce a performance after many months of preparation.

The music curriculum for all year groups is made up of 6 strands:

  • Exploring and controlling pulse, rhythm, pitch, speed, loudness and sound quality through body sounds (e.g. clapping) and percussion instruments.
  • Singing
  • Learning to play melodic instruments
  • Performing music to a wide variety of audiences
  • Composing and inventing new music
  • Listening and responding to a wide variety of musical performances both live and recorded

At Deansfield we have a tradition of singing which goes back more than ten years. In that time children have had the opportunity to sing at some amazing venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall.

We believe that all children can enjoy singing and become good at it. Children learn how to sing in a healthy and unforced manner, gradually extending their pitch range and eventually learning to sing in harmony.

All children have the opportunity to sing in their weekly class music lesson and in a weekly singing assembly. There is also the opportunity to enjoy and learn how to sing in a choir.

All children at Deansfield learn to play musical instruments.

The process begins by all children learning the Descant Recorder in Year 2. Children continue to play this in every subsequent year. There is an advanced recorder consort for children who wish to learn the full-range of notes and recorder types.

Children can choose to play one of the following instruments when they have learnt  the tunes from  the first  recorder book and when they have learnt to sing a range of songs with confidence.

  • Stringed Instruments (violin and cello)
  • Woodwind Instruments (recorder, flute and clarinet)
  • Guitar
  • Drum-kit
  • Piano and keyboard

In addition, we hope to be able to offer brass instruments in the near future.

Weekly lessons on instruments are given by visiting tutors, all of whom are professional musicians who both teach and perform. Lessons are given in groups of 2, 3 or 4 and generally last half an hour. The lessons take place during the school day.

Once a child begins learning an instrument we expect them to persevere and continue to learn it right through to Year 6. We ensure full support and encouragement is given at school. But parents have a vital role in supporting children at home (especially when they feel like giving up). All children need to understand that there are 'ups and downs' and times when you don't feel like you are getting anywhere. But, by persevering year after year, there are great rewards and a sense of great achievement.