Music Curriculum Statement
At Mount Stewart, we know that music plays an essential role in increasing our children's social and emotional well-being and their confidence and ability to express themselves. Music is used to unite the school, bringing children together from many different walks of life, creating a platform to celebrate these differences. The children and staff love music as it provides opportunities to explore relevant issues and concepts vibrant, engaging, and relevant.
We use BMS – Brent Music Service, which provides instrumental and vocal tuition as a school. BMS offer professional instrumental and vocal tuition services enabling our children to choose from vocal or a wide variety of instrumental tuition. As a school, we participate in many of the BMS events listed below:
We recognise that a high-quality music education matters and can increase self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Our diverse community bring a diverse range of musical experience and knowledge, which we see across the school. Our curriculum ensures children of all ages and abilities sing, perform, compose and listen to a range of music using a range of instruments. We all perform in year group productions and BMS music performances. We all sing in assemblies. We all learn to play instruments and aim to foster a life-long love and interest in Music.
Our no ceiling approach and adaptive planning means all pupils, the least able, pupils with SEND and the most able, 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 musicians. Our baseline is permanently set in the national curriculum and, more recently, guidance through the Model Music Curriculum released in March 2021.
The BMS specialists teach music with confidence and quality. Vocabulary and language are at the heart of much of what we do. Not only that, in whole school assemblies we listen to a wide variety of music and talk about genres, instruments, composition and history. In singing assemblies, we learn to sing and to use our voices. These skills are practised in whole year group performances spread across the year. We provide opportunities for pupils to create and compose music on their own and with others. This can be done using violins in KS1, recorders KS2. On top of this, all pupils have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument with the tuition of the BMS peripatetic music teachers.
We know that children learn more and remember more because our curriculum revisits many key aspects, and we see the impact of teaching on pupils' knowledge and skills. Our consistent use of assessment for learning and ongoing assessment means that teachers are always looking to adapt and improve where possible.