"Where words fail, music speaks." - Hans Christian Andersen
Music is a distinctive method of communication and a great vehicle for personal expression. It is highly accessible and can play a key part in the personal development of children. Additionally, it is a great source of enjoyment for both children and adults alike. It can also be used as a tool to motivate, invigorate and inspire, as well as building confidence and self-esteem in pupils. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in.
At St. Francis de Sales Catholic Junior School we encourage all children to enjoy music. Every child has the opportunity to learn the ukulele in Year 4, which they are able to continue with in Year 5 and 6, as well as the option to learn additional instruments throughout their time in our school. We want children to have the opportunity to take part in a great variety of different musical experiences and understand the important place music can play in building confidence in pupils. Pupils are frequently given the chance to perform for their peers and other audiences to showcase their talents and develop their confidence and performance skills. Music lessons are highly varied, meaning that pupils will perform, compose, listen and appreciate within each topic. Lessons also provide pupils with opportunities for both group work, which builds on their ability to work together, as well as solo work. In addition to their Music lessons, children are also able to involve themselves in a variety of extra-curricular Music activities, such as school choir and orchestra, which give pupils the chance to perform in a diverse range of locations.