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The purpose of the music curriculum at Harris Academy Wimbledon is to engage and inspire students to develop an understanding of music as an art form and inspire students to develop a love and appreciation of several different musical styles. Our students arrive with a range of experience in terms of music therefore, our curriculum aims to build on their previous knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening.
Students will be introduced to key musical structures and elements which will include pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, and structure. This will allow students to be confident in their approach to composition and performance whilst developing the ability to use musical fluency, accuracy and expression. Developing an understanding of these key musical skills and how to apply them practically is paramount but the nurture of these skills comes from learning and understanding different musical styles, genres and traditions. Therefore, whilst learning such skills, students will develop a critical engagement with music from across the world and from a range of different time periods.
The Key Stage 3 Music curriculum must:
- develop students’ musical skills in order to allow them to play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice and/or playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression
- allow students to improvise and compose, and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions
- develop students’ knowledge of how to use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions
- develop students’ understanding of how to identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices
- allow students to listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians
- develop students’ understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history.
The Key Stage 4 Music curriculum must:
- develop students’ composing skills to organise musical ideas and make use of appropriate resources
- develop students’ ability to recognise links between the integrated activities of performing, composing and appraising and how this informs the development of music
- develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills needed to communicate effectively as musicians
- develop students’ awareness of music technologies and their use in the creation and presentation of music
- develop students’ ability to recognise contrasting genres, styles and traditions of music, and develop some awareness of musical chronology