At Ball Green Primary School, our vision for the music curriculum is to create excellent models of positive experiences for learning so that all children are excited by our offer of high-quality musical opportunities. Children will have the opportunity to experience music in a ‘have a go’ environment, where they are able to express their creativity and enjoy all aspects of musical learning no matter what their musical ability is. At Ball Green we believe that music and performance allow children to gain the confidence and grit to pursue dreams and reach their full potential.
In our school children are given the opportnuity to learn to play a range of instruments ranging from boomwhackers to percussion through to tuned instruments including guitar, ukulele, recorder and the ocarina. Some of which are taught by a specialist music teacher.
Throughout the year children are given further opportunities to devleop their performing skills and love for music in various after school clubs. These include the school choir, Key Stage 1 music club and guitar club amongst others.
Our school recognises the importance of the enjoyment of teaching and learning music. Music is proven to create a feel-good state of mind and improve our mental health. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can be a highly academic and demanding subject. Music, particularly singing, is an effective, almost magical medium for learning and retaining information. It activates three different centres of the brain at the same time: language, hearing, and rhythmic motor control. By inducing emotions, it also creates a heightened condition of awareness and mental acuity. Words paired with music are far easier to retain and singing is therefore used across the curriculum to reinforce skills and concepts.
Music also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music. In recent year children have participated in events from Key Stage in-school productions, recorder festival, Halle orchestra come and play and singing within the community.