Music

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TCAt Aston Fields Middle School, we believe that music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.

Music education, at Aston Fields Middle School, encourages active involvement in different forms of music making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. Music can influence pupils’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing pupils’ ability to work with others in a group context.

Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

At Aston Fields Middle School, our intent is to provide all pupils with opportunities to explore creatively, and express themselves through performing, composing, singing, listening and developing musical understanding.

Our music curriculum, for all year groups, is designed to ensure coverage of the national curriculum content whilst providing plenty of opportunities for pupils to develop a deeper appreciation and love of music. Our intent is to ensure pupils leave Aston Fields Middle School with the knowledge and skills needed for the next stage of their education and beyond and a desire to continue learning through music. For this reason, the music curriculum harnesses a building block approach - pupils have multiple opportunities to master and improve their skills in performing, composing, singing and musical understanding. For example, school music concerts, a singing culture at the school and a thriving peripatetic team of instrumentalists aid the curriculum intent for music at Aston Fields Middle School. Ultimately, these skills prepare pupils for a range of employment opportunities from playing in bands and orchestras, recording and producing, to teaching, conducting and much more.

Due to the opportunities provided and the carefully designed curriculum, pupils build a strong knowledge base. They remember more and demonstrate this in their strong performances.

The teaching of music is led by Mr Hall, Assistant Headteacher/Acting Deputy Headteacher and an outstanding team of music practitioners who all share a love and passion for music. The department thrives on teamwork, the sharing of good ideas and the strengthening of subject knowledge through cooperation and collaboration. Teachers, who are passionate about music and the pivotal role it plays in children’s education and their futures, will teach your child here at Aston Fields Middle School.

Scheme of Work Overview

Term

Year 5

Year 6

Year 7

Year 8

Block 1 

Pentatonic Oriental Music Ancient Greece        Shanty Time  Chords 

Block 2

Keyboard skills 5 finger study

African Rhythms

Pictures at an Exhibition. Theme & variations

Block 3 

 

Journey into Outer Space 

Instruments of the Orchestra

Rocks & Riffs

12 Bar Blues