Our goal for Music education is to expose our children to a diverse range of music genres from different countries, and then give them opportunities to develop their confidence in Music, through our “Big Ideas”:
- Explore: I am a musician because I can listen to and appreciate a range of different musical styles, genres, instruments and songs.
- Compose: I am a musician because I can begin to create my own pieces of music influenced by music I have heard and explored.
- Perform: I am a musician because I like to perform pieces of music that I have created and develop my confidence.
Welcome to our Music page!
Subject Leader: Miss Lemmings
Welcome to Music at Grimsargh St. Michael’s! At our school, we aim to provide our pupils with fun and engaging music lessons; to increase their confidence in their musical knowledge and skills, understand diversity in music, allowing children to express themselves, and most importantly – have fun! As a school – all of our teachers and children alike – really enjoy following the “Charanga” Music scheme (Charanga Scheme Overview), which offers fantastic music lessons for our pupils in all year groups, in-line with the National Curriculum and including the updated EYFS Statutory Framework. Charanga teaches children to use the four key skills in music:
- Performing – controlling sounds through singing and playing instruments
- Composing – creating and developing musical ideas based on musical knowledge
- Appraising – responding to how music makes them feel, reviewing their own and others’ compositions
- Listening – identifying sounds and techniques used in music
Music taught at St. Michael’s incorporates the National Curriculum goals and helps our children develop a love for music and performance! The National Curriculum states that, “Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.” As a school we are proud to teach music that encompasses these curriculum aims.
The National Curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods,
genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and
with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology
appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including
through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture,
structure and appropriate musical notations.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the
matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Key Stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
- use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and
- play tuned and untuned instruments musically
- listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded
- experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions
Key stage 2
Pupils should be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control.
They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and
manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
Pupils should be taught to:
- play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical
instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related
dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
- use and understand staff and other musical notations
- appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn
from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
- develop an understanding of the history of music.
27.09.22: “Rock Steady” came to deliver a rock music workshop for us which was absolutely fantastic! Here are some photos from this fantastic afternoon 🙂 Well done to the children who were really brave and came up to perform on the drums, keyboard, electric guitar, and microphone!
Whole Class Instrumental Lessons
Children in Year 4 have the fantastic opportunity of learning the clarinet together as a class, with a specialist teacher from the Lancashire Music Hub! The pupils really enjoy working together as a class with Mrs Maddocks and learning pieces of music with their classmates, and then showcasing it to the school and parents!
Individual Instrumental Lessons
Some children at our school choose to take part in extra music tuition in learning a musical instrument in private lessons from The Lancashire Music Hub! We have specialist teachers who come from Lancashire Music Hub to deliver this tuition. As well as this, following our Rock performance workshop in September 2022 from “Rock Steady”, we are now also offering and delivering rock band group instrumental lessons on the electric guitar, drums, keyboard and bass! Please ask at the office or ask Miss Lemmings if your child is interesting in “Letting Their Light Shine” through music and learning something new! We have lots of different instruments on offer.
Miss Lemmings runs our School Choir every Tuesday after school 3:25-4:25! We are busy practising songs for performing within school during hymn practice. We are currently entered into a competition called “The Last Choir Standing” and we will compete in the heats in March 2023! We are also going to be performing at the Grimsargh Christmas Light Switch On on Friday 2nd December 2022!
Assemblies & Collective Worship
At St. Michael’s we enjoy doing weekly Key Stage hymn practise, as well as including special music in our Collective Worship time – music that may relate to our half term Christian Value, or an event we are thinking about/celebrating. As well as this, we enjoy listening to pieces of music as we come in and out of assemblies. We find that music helps to set the tone, mood, and encourages focus. It also lifts spirits! 🙂 our school choir enjoy being at the front of the hall during hymn practises to be the shining singing examples for the rest of the school!