"Where words fail, music speaks." Hans Christian Andersen ( a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, he is best remembered for his fairy tales.)
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It gives the children the opportunity for personal expression and it can play an important part in the personal development of each individual. Music reflects our culture and society and so the teaching and learning of music enables our children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can be a highly academic and demanding subject. It is also important in helping children to feel part of a community.
In the EYFS, music is an integral part of curriculum and the environment. Music contributes to a child’s personal and social development, for example, counting songs fosters the children’s mathematical ability, and songs from different cultures increase the children’s knowledge in Understanding the World.
From Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 2, the children are provided with:
- An increasing breadth and range of musical experiences:
- increasing challenge and difficulty in musical activities;
- increasing confidence, sensitivity and creativity in their music-making.
This is achieved through, primarily, Charanga - an award-winning, digital resource for primary music teaching, using an extensive library of songs, topics, instrument courses and creative apps.
During their time in KS2, children are also provided with a weekly music lesson, with the school’s Music Leader, where they are taught ukelele (a tuned instrument), basic music notation and composition.
How can I support my child with Music?
- Take an interest, and Enjoy Music with your child
Create a family ‘playlist’ together with music that each person loves.
We have more access to music than ever before. Try to expand your musical tastes together. Children are born without a musical bias. If they love a song, it’s because they love a song. Their taste in music is pure and untainted by what other people and the media tell them they should like.
You can stream music, dig out your old CD and record collections, listen on YouTube.
- Sing with your Child
Sing, hum, play music to them and, more importantly, with them: find out a song they are learning and get them to teach you some key words and phrases.
Parents often say they aren’t comfortable singing. Our response is always that your kids don’t care—they just want to sing with you. You can have so much fun singing with your kids! There are songs for doing dishes, songs in the car, songs at home.
- Encourage Learning an Instrument
Learning to play an instrument can be magical for children; it can empower and inspire children. It often takes finding the right teacher or mentor, and right instrument, for children to flourish. Contact School for more information about Music Teacher services.
- Record Music
Recording music is a fun way for children to experience music from a different perspective—listening to themselves. With the technology we have today, nearly everyone can record their singing or playing an instrument.
It's incredible to watch children listen to themselves singing. Like the rest of us, they're often surprised by the sound of their own voices.
A fun and simple way to record your child is to use voice memos on a phone.
- Attend Live Music
Nothing compares to the experience of live music. If you want to inspire your children to have a lifelong love of music, take them to concerts, festivals and other live performances. Seeing real people make music together is very inspiring and fun.
It’s also a great way for children to learn how to be an audience member: when it’s time to clap, when it’s time to listen, when it’s time to dance and when it’s time to participate.