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.
In music lessons at Scientia, whole classes of children, from Reception to Year 6, learn to play a variety of instruments to a high standard with sound technique, discovering the enjoyment of making music in a group along the way.
Each child learns to play keyboard, glockenspiel, melodica, drum kit and steel drums. In addition, special workshop days on other instruments such as African drums are a feature of our curriculum.
Working as a class, children learn to compose, improvise and recognise music notation as they develop musicality and performance skills.
Each lesson has a singing element, so Scientia has a ready-made choir for lots of occasions. Similarly, the Scientia steel band is committed to performing, often out in the local community.
Perhaps the jewel in the crown of our music delivery is the London College of Music Examinations that take place during the Summer term. This unique initiative gives our students real music qualifications, accredited by University of West London.
In recent years, our older students have already achieved Level 4 qualifications, equating to AS Level of the National Qualification Framework. This tradition of good musicianship and a high level of performance is set to continue and indeed develop further still.
Whilst qualifications are worthwhile and important, we never lose sight of our musical motto, Making Music - Having fun.