Music Department

The Music department provides all pupils with the opportunity to learn to sing and/or play an instrument and develop a love for music through performing, composing and appraising

What is Music?

Music is an art form, and cultural activity, whose medium is sound. 

Why is this subject important? 

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education engages and inspires pupils to develop an appreciation of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to perform, compose, and critically engage with a wide range of musical genres and be inspired by the greatest composers and musicians from around the world.

What is the purpose of the subject? 

Music provides every child with the opportunity to be expressive, creative through composing, as well as develop confidence and resilience. Many of our pupils lack confidence and providing opportunities where pupils can task risks through performance is important. It also develops teamwork as pupils work harmoniously within ensembles.

Musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorisation can serve students well in education and beyond.  

Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.

A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement.

Our Music Curriculum encompasses a range of learning activities in which pupils are singing, playing, performing, improvising, composing, and critically engaging with music. 

In Birmingham we are fortunate to have a highly active musical scene. Pupils, wherever possible, should have the experience of live concerts such as the KS3 concert by the CBSO (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra). Birmingham is also a city of great diversity of musical genres from around the world. Our Music curriculum provides the opportunity for pupils to engage within, appreciate and understand a wide range of musical genres.

Music has numerous cross curricular links such as Geography (place), History (context),  RE etc.

Throughout the curriculum we strive to provide opportunities for pupils to share their musical performances not only in class, but to a wider audience. This allows pupils to