Music Subject Intent Statement:
Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way students feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop students’ 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 students understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.
Music education 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 students’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing students’ ability to work with others in a group context.
Music learning develops students’ 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 a deeper level, music can be understood mathematically, for example the rhythmically subdivided intervals of time, the complex harmonies of sound, and the overall structures of pieces themselves. It is also a language, in that it is a self-contained, axiomatic system of meaning. Finally, music is art, in that it explores intellectual ideas, complex emotions, and through the creation of beauty, allows students to experience ‘the sublime’. However, unlike fine art or literature, music has to be ‘repainted’ every time it is performed, thus creating new meanings and perspectives, and providing unique insights into the human condition.
Miss MarinosDirector of Learning: Performing Arts
Mrs NelsonMusic Teacher
Mr NelsonMusic/English Teacher - Head of Year 7