High-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and foster their talents as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate pupils. It is a means for personal expression and can also play an essential part in helping pupils to feel part of a community. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables pupils to better understand the world they live in.
It is essential that we provide opportunities for all pupils to create, play, perform and enjoy music, and to develop the skills to critically appreciate a wide variety of musical forms. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose and listen objectively to music pieces.
We understand that it is important for lessons to have a progressive skills-based focus, skill-based lessons that the knowledge can be taught through. Pupils should be encouraged to explore their own skills development and the work of a wide variety of artists, composers and musicians. Lessons should provide all learners with opportunities to explore a range of musical techniques, genres and instruments, and develop aural skills, improvisation, memorisation and composition. The teaching of music within our schools intends to foster a life-long enjoyment and appreciation of the subject.