Why we teach Music
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important role in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society that we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to learn more about the world we live in. Music plays an important role in helping children to feel like 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 begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
The Aims of our Music Curriculum
Our music curriculum aims to provide all pupils with a high quality music education which engages and inspires children to develop a life-long love of music, increases their self-confidence, creativity, and imagination, and provides opportunities for self-expression and a sense of personal achievement . We offer opportunities for children to develop their talents in all aspects of music including composition, singing and appreciation.
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of different periods, genres, styles, cultures and traditions, including the works of great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument
- understand and explore how music is created, produced, communicated, included through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
- to provide opportunities to explore and express ideas and feelings about music, in a variety of ways, for example through dance.
- to encourage active involvement in creating and developing musical ideas using voices and instruments – both tuned and un-tuned.
- to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness through composing, rehearsing and performing music with others, to an audience.
- to enable all children to have access to music and to develop an enjoyment of music which will always be part of their lives
How we teach Music at Colliers Green
At Colliers Green we believe that Music is a vital part of the children’s education and we are constantly striving to improve our provision to offer a rich and varied curriculum to aid learning academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Music is used to unite the school, bringing children together
Colliers Green offers all pupils the opportunity to sing/perform in a year group performance every year (Christmas Nativity, Christmas and Easter Church services, Class 4 Summer production, Leavers' Service). By sharing performances with different year groups, our governors and parents, it gives our children a sense of purpose and achievement.
We aim to make music an enjoyable learning experience. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching and joining together during collective worships is an important part of school life.
Each class from Year 1 to Year 6 has a weekly singing assembly lasting for 30 minutes, providing children with the opportunity to listen, to sing, compose and perform music both individually and in groups. The weekly singing assemblies are delivered by Dr Michael Robertson (Director of Music at St Dunstan's) and Mrs B on alternating basis.
As well as this children from year 2 to year 6 have weekly music lessons where they learn lots of new songs from different musical genres and a range of countries. Here children appreciate the music, look at notation; compose their own notations and songs in groups as well as having performance opportunities.
In Class 1 the children are given regular opportunities to play musical instruments and sing
In Class 2 the children have a music session once a week
Children from in Class 3 learn to read music and play the recorder with our specialist from Kent Music.
In Class 4 the children learn about music from around the Each year group performs some world music, including African drumming and Samba. Parents are welcome to come and watch their children perform; dates are listed in the newsletter. Currently in year 4, . Children can carry on learning their instrument in Year 5 within a small ensemble.
In KS2 children are given the opportunity to join the School choir. The choir rehearses weekly and performs to local members of the community and at the O2 as part of an 8000 strong choir!
Workshops & Concerts
Each year the PTFA fund a whole school trip to watch a Kidenza concert. This is an opportunity for the children to experience and learn about quality classical music, performed by professional musicians in an interactive and engaging manner. https://www.kidenza.co.uk/
Individual Music Instrumental Tuition
One to one music tuition is available for children at Colliers Green during the school day. Lessons are held in our library, Parents who wish to enrol their child in the music program should contact the school office for contact information.
- Kent Music - piano and keyboard
- Ben - guitar & ukelele and band instruments