“Music is the art of thinking with sounds.”
Music continues to be a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, as well as enabling children to better understand the wider world they live in. The community our children live within does not reflect diverse cultures and we aim to provide opportunities for our children to experience other cultures through music. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
At Ryhope Infant School Academy we strive to make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up the confidence of all children. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing individually and with other people gaining a better sense of pitch and awareness of ways to improve. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music and aids cross curricular links. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for slightly longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. We often teach these together. We also teach children how to work with others to make music and how individuals combine together to make sounds, recording ideas in different formats.
Additional Music Teaching
All children are offered the opportunity to study some instruments within our school. Recorder, violin and Ukelele tuition are currently available for pupils to experience. Parents who want their children to participate in the scheme may hire the instrument or provide their own. These lessons are taught to small groups of children. This is in addition to the normal music teaching of the school, and usually takes place during normal lessons from which children are withdrawn for the duration of the instrumental lesson. Peripatetic music teachers meet parents at the beginning and end of the school year to discuss progress and support offered by Music co-ordinator throughout for advice too.