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 part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enable children to understand better the world that they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children to feel 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 to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
Our objectives in the teaching of music are to:
- help children learn how to enjoy music;
- explore how sounds are made, and can be organised into musical structures;
- show how music is produced by a variety of instruments;
- teach how music is composed and written down;
- examine the relevance of when, where and why a given piece of music was written;
- develop the interrelated skills of composition, performance and appreciation.