At St Christopher’s we believe that 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. Through the music curriculum, St Christopher’s pupils develop their understanding, make musical judgments, apply their new learning, develop their aural memory, express themselves physically, emotionally and through discussion and create their own musical ideas. Each individual’s personal interest is captured and nurtured. Pupils not only learn about music; they become musicians who are able to share and perform using their new skills. Music is taught by the class teacher in Nursery and by a specialist Music teacher in Years 1 to 6 in purpose-built, spacious music rooms with space to dance and move around in. The music curriculum is well-resourced with a wide range of tuned and untuned percussion instruments and resources from all around the world. A Samba kit, Djembe drums and class sets of keyboards are also used to support curriculum music. There are 6 practice rooms where small class ensembles can practice when preparing for assessments or performances. Music is taught for two 30 minute sessions in Reception and 1 hour a week in Years 1 to 6.
Our Music curriculum in Nursery follows the Expressive Arts guidance in the Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, supported by the Foundation Stage Music Express course. Pupils learn to sing a wide variety of songs, make music and dance.
Our music curriculum in Reception to Year 6 follows the Music Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum for England 2014 and focusses on the Elements of Music:
- Pulse and Rhythm
- Music and Movement
- Creative Composing
At St Christopher’s School, we also follow the methodologies of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, George Self and Kodaly which focus upon pupils exploring music and feeling music through movement and active music-making. The Solfège Scale and teaching methodology (Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti-Do) is used to teach pitch, singing and harmonies.
The specialist music teachers collaborate very closely with the Instrumental Music Department and the Senior School Music Department, working together for large prestigious events and concerts.