Intent and Aims

Music surrounds us in our daily lives. It has the power and universality to move and inspire any person, of any age and in any part of the world. It is one of the first things we hear at the start of our lives and accompanies us to the very end. At Moulton School we aim to ensure that students gain enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of a wide range of different musical styles and genres through performing, composing, listening and appraising. We strive to keep students’ learning experiences as musical, practical and creative as possible.

  • Engender a lifelong love of music.
  • Give students the opportunity develop confidence in performing music.
  • To develop creativity and self expression through composing music and developing musical ideas.
  • To help students develop emotional awareness through collaboration and teamwork.
  • To develop thinking skills such as verbal memory, spatial reasoning and literacy skills.
  • To expose students to music from great composers in diverse genres and styles.
  • To give students an understanding of the development of music through time and place.
  • To give access to individual instrumental lessons.
  • To provide opportunities for students to participate in musical productions, performances and concerts.

Key skills

Perform music of different styles and traditions through singing, playing an instrument and using technology with technical control, fluency and musical expression. Perform as a soloist and as part of an ensemble. Reflect on their performances to develop strengths, weaknesses and next steps.

Compose music using techniques studied in lessons on instruments and/or technology. The music will be increasingly coherent, structured, confident and creative. Evaluate their compositions to identify strengths, weaknesses and next steps.

Understand how music is constructed by:

  • Using key terminology to describe musical elements of a wide range of musical styles and traditions,
  • Forming links between diverse styles,
  • Learning to read notation, including identifying note names of the treble clef.

Listen to and analyse with increasing confidence musical styles across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions including the works of the great composers and musicians. With increased understanding of music will come increased emotional response. Develop aural skills and the ability to identify musical features by ear.

Key concepts

  • Melody: how melodic lines are constructed and developed.
  • Rhythm: how musical ideas are organised against time.
  • Structure: how musical ideas and pieces are constructed with balance between contrast and repetition.
  • Sonority: how instrumentation and timbre can be exploited for musical effect.
  • Dynamics: how dynamic shading and contrasts increase the emotional impact of music.
  • Harmony: how the vertical organisation of pitches affects.
  • Texture: the layering of parts and interaction between instruments.
  • Tonality: the use of different key structures.
Our programmes of study

In Years 7 to 9 students explore music from diverse traditions, styles and genres. The students’ understanding of key concepts is developed by exploring these styles of music through performing, composing, listening and appraising. Students arrive at Moulton School with different starting points, having had very diverse experiences up to this point. We therefore use a scaffolded approach using the school’s flightpath model to support learners in developing their basic skills, while enabling high prior attainment students to stretch their skills at the top end.

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