Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.

Music education encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. Music can influence pupils’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing pupils’ ability to work with others in a group context.

Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

At Key Stage 3 students will…..

  1. experience performance activities in a range of contexts within and beyond the classroom
  2. experience a range of live and recorded music from different times and cultures
  3. experience a range of classical and popular traditions and current trends in music that reflect cultural diversity and a global dimension
  4. learn to use staff notation and other relevant notations in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions
  5. learn to consider contextual influences that affect the way music is created, performed and heard
  6. experience the use of music technologies to create, manipulate and refine sounds
  7. learn about the role of music and musicians in society, of the music industry and of artistic and intellectual property rights.
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