‘Music is all around us. It is the soundtrack to our lives. Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school.’ (DfE Model Music Curriculum 2021)
At St Joseph’s we have a rich, diverse music curriculum believing that pupils should be inspired to develop a love of music that increases their self confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Beginning in Reception, the children learn to sing nursery rhymes and experiment with rhythm, pitch and duration. Key Stage One children use their voices and untuned percussion to create, select and combine sounds. They move and listen to a wide range of music, recognising instruments and voices as well as acknowledging their own tastes. In Key Stage Two, skills develop to include opportunities to learn to play the glockenspiel and ukulele. The whole school is supported by the fabulous staff from Stockport Music Service, teaching weekly sessions and provide additional live performance opportunities.