Subject Leader - Miss Wakefield
St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School is extremely fortunate to have Mrs Katy Gaul promoting the music in school in her capacity as Music Director. Mrs Gaul works alongside Miss Wakefield to develop and monitor the teaching of Music.
The National Curriculum for England, July 2013 states, '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. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.'
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all 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.
We also have Mr Charlie Rhodes who runs our KS2 choir, so we will look forward to some rousing performances!
There are opportunities to learn how to play a musical instrument from Year One upwards. We currently offer individual or small group lessons in guitar and keyboard, but there are a variety of other instruments and disciplines available upon request, subject to resourcing/staffing. There is a charge for these lessons as they are in addition to our music curriculum that is provided in school and they are entirely optional. The Bradford Music and Arts service provide the teaching and can, if you wish, help with hiring instruments. You can find out further details about the scheme at http://www.bradfordmusiconline.co.uk/site/parent-zone/small-groups-individual-lessons/. Please also see our 'music tuition' page under the 'Extra curricular classes' tab.
Why learn an instrument?
As well as being great fun, research shows that learning a musical instrument supports children in lots of ways:
- Social Skills
- Self Expression
- Self Confidence
Bradford Music Hub
There is a wealth of information, provision and exciting opportunities to develop children's love of music and musicality on Bradford's Music hub website: http://www.bradfordmusiconline.co.uk/site/. Information about tuition, proms, ensembles, what's on, festivals etc can all be found here. Why don't you have a look and see what's going on in Bradford?