Music

"Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self confidence, creativity and sense of achievement."

The National Curriculum in England 2014

At Crawley Ridge Infant School all children have the chance to listen to, explore and  appreciate a wide range of music.  This includes music from a variety of cultures and times. They find different ways of making sounds with their voices and instruments, learning and developing skills which they then use to improvise and to create their own musical compositions. The children are encouraged to play a broad selection of percussion instruments, both following notation and writing their own graphic notation and use technology appropriately. Our music lessons are active and creative; the children evaluate their work and come up with improvements. The children enjoy participating in music and regularly have the opportunity to take part in performances, whether playing to each other during lessons or performing to a wider audience such as parents.

"It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of 'culture'."

John Cage


Singing is an important aspect of music within the school. The children are encouraged to sing in assemblies, during play and in lessons across the curriculum as well as in specific music lessons. It is an important aspect of the Christmas Play and is an area which links to the wider school community (e.g. carol singing at a local nursing home).

In Year 2 the children take part in the Surrey Arts First Access Recorder Scheme. During a weekly class lesson on the recorder, the children are able to experiment with sounds, learn fingerings and follow notation, and to compose and improvise. The children are given the opportunity to perform within an ensemble.

"Music is enough for a lifetime – but a lifetime is not enough for music."

Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

 

We use these building blocks throughout the Key Stage to develop musical skills and understanding.

  • Pitch – higher / lower
  • Duration – longer / shorter, steady pulse/ beat, rhythm
  • Dynamics – louder / quieter / silence
  • Tempo – faster / slower
  • Timbre – different types of sound ie the character, quality of the sound – mellow, thin, scratchy
  • Texture – different ways sounds are combined – tune on top and something on bottom, 2 tunes
  • Structure – different ways sounds are organised