Enhancing confidence and creativity through fostering ambition, independence and individuality.
‘Music is art, communication and emotion. It connects and inspires the community.’
Music surrounds us in every aspect of life and is essential to developing the whole child. At Bolsover C of E Junior School, music flows through the bones of the school, enhancing our core Christian ethos and encouraging us to make every moment matter. The subject ensures that children flourish by developing their individuality, independence and expression. Music is visible across the curriculum, through our thematic topic approach, through worship and through the values we promote. Music unites our school and brings our community together through celebration, remembrance and creating life-long school history. At Bolsover, we aim to build aspirations and ambitions. Our music curriculum develops children’s appreciation, understanding and awareness of other cultures and highlights individual differences. It helps us to fill our community with respect and prepare our children for life beyond Bolsover C of E Junior School. Pupils can further their musical abilities through private lessons with highly-skilled music practitioners who visit our school every week.
We use the skills developed through music lessons to encourage wonder, imagination and exploration of the world to further our topic based learning and experiences after Bolsover. Collective worships are underpinned by music and broaden children’s understanding of all cultures, ethics and viewpoints. We foster a love of music within our nurture unit where it features in helping to develop emotion, support wellbeing and create new opportunities. Bolsover is united through music allowing us to express ourselves out in the wider community, as well as welcoming the community in to our school to watch us perform and to celebrate all our children.
Pleasure, confidence and wellbeing are at the heart of our music curriculum in school, which will continue to expand and develop to ensure that our children have access to the broadest curriculum, highlighting their talents and supporting them into future life.
Music and the national curriculum
Music is a deeply creative art form embedded through life at Bolsover C of E Junior School. The national curriculum is at the heart of our teaching, whereby our children learn to:
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
- Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
What do we know about careers in music?
The teaching and learning of music develops many skills which can be applied to various occupations for later life. Aspiring musicians and those with a great passion for music could consider the following careers, amongst others:
- Music producer
- Talent agent
- Events manager
- Marketing executive
- Radio producer
- Teaching or tutoring
- Music therapist