‘A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.’ Department of Education, National Curriculum.
Our aim at North Tawton is to provide a music curriculum which will enable each child to reach their full potential in music, encourage children to enjoy singing, composing and performing and provide children with the opportunity to perform in front of an audience both within and outside of school.
Everyone has a voice, and we believe singing is a powerful way for children to become proficient musicians, excel across the curriculum and develop self-esteem. Our curriculum is centred around the 'Voices Foundation’, a singing-based scheme, which improves children’s musicianship and singing voices through a straightforward method and a diverse range of accessible choral repertoire. Every music lesson is led by a specialist music teacher. There is a clear progression of skills and knowledge and a clear structure to each lesson, incorporating the four elements - listening, singing, playing (and performing) and composing. Children learn to play a range of instruments, with a focus in KS2 on mastery of the recorder, melodica and glockenspiel.
At North Tawton, pupils:
We are lucky enough to loan whole-class sets of instruments from our local Devon Music Education Hub and thus constantly have a wide range of different instruments for the children to explore and play. We regularly play to an audience, including Harvest Festivals, Christmas Concerts and Music Concerts. The school receives high-quality sessions from outside agencies, including the opportunity to learn African drumming. We have visiting peripatetic teachers at North Tawton and have a fantastic take-up of enthusiastic and budding musicians learning piano, violin, guitar, singing an drumming. We also provide after school musical opportunities such as choir and ukulele club.