Music plays a powerful role in enriching all our lives. People of every culture are able to share ideas, thoughts and feelings through musical expression. Pupils are given the opportunity to enjoy listening to music and become familiar with a variety of musical instruments. Pupils are encouraged to use instruments to express and develop their own musical ideas, create movement in response to musical stimuli, as well as perform in front of audiences.
At St Joseph’s, our aims are to:
- understand music is used for a variety of purposes
- develop musical insight through experiences
- develop the necessary skills and concepts to appreciate music through musical activity
- provide an enjoyable and stimulating experience accessible to all children
- develop skills and talent that encourage children to value themselves as well as others
- develop an awareness of musical traditions and developments in a variety of cultures and societies
Music can be subdivided into two main overlapping areas of experience: firstly listening and appraisal and secondly, composing and performing:
Listening requires an individual commitment to focus attention on the music. This can evoke emotional, intellectual and physical responses. Music may also be used in the classroom to evoke a certain mood or feeling. Pupils are given opportunities during school assemblies and classroom activities to listen to music from:
- a variety of forms, styles and traditions
- different historical periods
- a variety of cultures
Whenever possible, listening and appraisal are linked to practical classroom work.
Composing offers immediate, first- hand experience of exploring and organising sounds, and provides opportunities to express, interpret or communicate feelings, experiences and ideas. We have a growing range of instruments at school, and pupils have access to them all as they progress through the school.
Within music lessons, children are:
- encouraged to develop their own ideas and musical pieces
- introduced to non-traditional (eg graphic) forms of scoring as well as the stave and the positioning of notes on it, musical signs, symbols and terminology.
Singing is a natural activity and a fundamental part of the music experience at St Joseph’s. Our children enjoy singing during sing and praise assemblies and celebrations. Singing at school can be spontaneous or highly developed and involves individuals, small groups or the whole school. We offer pupils the opportunity to rehearse instruments and songs, and perform them in front of various audiences, in a number of venues, both within and outside school, including at Christmas when children sing out in the local community.
As part of a strong partnership of Catholic schools, music and singing are used to promote work and beliefs using external providers to support the children’s progression.
Through working with a number of peripatetic music teachers, the school is able to offer individual drums, piano, guitar, brass, flute, clarinet and strings tuition. If parents would like their child to start tuition, please speak to a member of the school office staff who will be able to provide you with further information. Letters are sent home regularly reminding parents of opportunities to learn different instruments.
we are well know for our excellent singing and we provide many opportunities through the year for our children to sing for pleasure, joy and as part of their faith journey. For those who want to further enhance their singing skills, we have a highly regarded, non-selective choir. This choir takes part in many events through the year, including singing in the town centre, BKCAT and Pontefract Education Trust events and competitions. They also take part in 'Young Voices' every year.