Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate pupils. We work on the premise that all pupils are musical and have the innate ability to play, sing, listen, create and express themselves. At Valley Gardens Middle School, we aim to provide learning experiences that are tailored to develop each pupil’s musical ability, enriching both pupil’s education and their lives. Music has the facility to impact and benefit our pupils as we prepare our pupils with a broad and varied range of skills and qualities that are both relevant and transferable.
Each class receives one music lesson per week taught by a subject specialist in a block of classrooms which are fully equipped with a good range of high quality classroom instruments.
Music seeks to provide each pupil with the knowledge, skills, interest and enthusiasm which allows them to engage with the subject in such a way as to provide them with exciting opportunities and experiences in order to develop their understanding and enjoyment.
Through the three strands, Present, Create and Observe, pupils are taught to:
Present – play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency and control.
Create – improvise, arrange and compose music for a range of purposes using staff and other musical notations.
Observe – listen and explore how music is created and begin to appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and genres.
Each of the strands builds on the musical elements providing a strong foundation on which all music is built.
Please see the Music Department Curriculum Maps below.
Below are just some of the skills and qualities our pupils gain from studying music.
Music Department Curriculum Maps
Pulse (Unit 1) Exploring Pulse Rhythm and Pulse (Unit 3) Elements of Music Pitch Soundscape (Unit 4) Music Notation – Pitch (Unit 5) Melody Solo Performing Unit 6 Folk Music Unit 7 Year 7 Arranging Unit 8 Notation – Tablature Unit 9 Notation – Graphic Scores Unit 10 Samba Unit 11 20th Century Music Unit 12 Music and Advertising Unit 13
Pulse (Unit 1)
Rhythm and Pulse (Unit 3)
Elements of Music
Pitch Soundscape (Unit 4)
Music Notation – Pitch (Unit 5)
Solo Performing Unit 6
Folk Music Unit 7
Arranging Unit 8
Notation – Tablature Unit 9
Notation – Graphic Scores Unit 10
Samba Unit 11
20th Century Music Unit 12
Music and Advertising Unit 13
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