“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” – Plato
“With music, one’s whole future life is brightened. This is such a treasure in life that it helps us over many troubles and difficulties. Music is nourishment, a comforting elixir. Music multiplies all that is beautiful and of value in life.” – Zoltan Kodaly
At Crawley Ridge Infant School, we believe that music brings enjoyment and inspiration through listening and participating. Our intention is that our children, whatever their background or ability, can explore and begin to understand a wide range of music through singing, playing, creating and composing, listening and discussing. They are introduced to different elements of music through listening, playing and singing, enabling them to build knowledge and apply skills so that they can perform and thus begin to understand and experience the importance of music both within school, and in the wider community.
The National Curriculum states that pupils in KS1 should be able to:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate a wide range of music across different styles, genres, periods and traditions
- learn to sing and play musical instruments expressively and create and compose music
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated (pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and notation)
Please find attached to the bottom of this webpage a progression grid outlining how Music is implemented throughout our school, including EYFS.
The children at Crawley Ridge Infants have the opportunity to participate in making music and to appreciate a wide range of fantastic music. They leave our school having sung as part of a group for a variety of audiences, having played the recorder and having listened to professional musicians both in school and at concerts out of school. Their introduction to music is rich and varied and gives them the scope to carry on with participating and appreciating music as they move on in their lives.