'Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. 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. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.' (National Curriculum 2014)
Birchwood Junior School pride ourselves in providing a wide range of musical experiences for our children. Within lessons, we follow the Charanga scheme of work as provided by Lincolnshire music service. This allows the children to receive and expansive and varied musical curriculum that integrates singing, instruments and written notation through the study of a number of different pieces.
All children in year 4 are given the opportunity to work with a tutor from Lincolnshire Music Service focusing on rhythm and notation. This takes place using drums and allows all children the opportunity to work alongside a music professional resulting with a performance to parents and carers at the end of the unit.
As part of the Music Service, children are invited to learn either the trumpet or trombone, learning how to play the instrument, take care of it correctly and to read the musical staff.
Many of our pupils receive guitar and drum tuition and a number also study the piano. We enjoy showing our skills through performances to parents and carers either at Christmas or at the end of the year.
Music plays a vital part in our school life, whether it is in taught music lessons or in assemblies. We love to perform, study and improve our musical understanding and to broaden our musical tastes.