Music at Easton
To gain a breadth of knowledge of how music works and how music is written, with hands-on experience of playing musical instruments.
Children should be able to recognise different genres of music, learning about their characteristics, recognisable features, and history of music.
Children should understand different instrument families, within the orchestra and beyond, and be able to recognise and categorise instruments into these different groups.
Children should be able to use their voices expressively, both individually and in groups, singing in unison and in harmony.
Children will develop their skills in musical notation through reading, writing and composing music, including imaginative lyric writing together.
Children will improve the 5 C’s - Co-operation, Communication, Co-ordination, Concentration and Confidence.
Children will learn a musical vocabulary, using technical language to describe both music they are playing and music they are listening to, including technical terms such as forte, piano, allegro, largo, staccato, legato.
The Preludes Team will work to achieve this aim by:
Introducing musical notation through music they are playing, developing this into skills they can use for composition. This builds the ability to hear and internalise the written rhythms.
Exposing children to a variety of different music through recordings and live performances (internal and external). Children will be encouraged to try different musical instruments, and the Preludes Team will facilitate this where possible. These will be played both solo and within groups.
Using singing as a central part of lessons. Singing will be encouraged, initially in unison but as confidence is gained, splitting into multiple parts will be explored. Regular performances, both in school and in outside venues will be encouraged.
Composing music and developing their music notation skills.
Encouraging group learning; working in groups, helping them to work together. Working with children they may not always work with, and having to share instruments, to improve co-operation. Developing language skills to help with communication. Using intricate instruments requiring dexterity to help with co-ordination and concentration. Encouraging performances and sharing their achievements to help grow confidence.