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Why do we teach music?

At Dewhurst St Mary we believe that music is a universal language that expresses one of the highest forms of creativity. Our high-quality music lessons engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and grow as musicians. Teaching music allows the children will grow in confidence and gain a sense of achievement. As the children progress as musicians, they will develop a critical engagement with music that will allow them to compose and become active listeners. All Year 3 pupils learn to play the recorder; beginning to read music and performing to audiences.  Year 4 pupils all learn the violin with some pupils increasing their skills, by playing cellos. Pupils are offered the opportunity to take individual lessons to learn to play the violin or keyboard.

Dewhurst St Mary aims to ensure that all of our pupils:

  • 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
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

‘Without music, life would be a mistake.’

Friedrich Nietzsche.