“Music begins where the possibilities of language end” Jean Sibelius
The overarching aim for Music at Sharples School is for learners to develop a musical understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment through a variety of different genres and cultures of music. The Music Department’s ambition is that all learners will be engaged with creative processes through improvisation and composition, listening (through technical exercises and the exploration of musical meaning and purpose) and performance work. Our vision is delivered throughout the curriculum and through a wealth of extra-curricular clubs and opportunities.
Music is part of the National Curriculum and we strive to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to 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. Through sequences of learning, we have created pathways for pupils to develop as vocalists and/or instrumentalists
The Sharples Music Curriculum aims to ensure that all students:
- Develop a thorough understanding of music, through performing, composing, listening and analysing.
- Encourage creativity through composition skills.
- Use music technology correctly and appropriately.
- Develop their cross-curricular skills of problem solving, perseverance, diligence, team work, time management, organisation and responsibility.
At Key Stage 3 students have one music lesson per week and they are taught in mixed ability groups. As students progress through KS3, their musical knowledge and practical skills are further developed, increasing their understanding of the key terminology and musical language as well as developing their own oracy skills. By the time students have reached the end of KS3 they will be well equipped with the knowledge, practical skills and terminology required for them to be successful, should they wish to study music at GCSE level.