Music Curriculum Intent
‘A high-quality 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 a sense of achievement.’ Department of Education, National Curriculum
At Coppull Parish C of E Primary School, we believe music is a vital component of the curriculum. We value music because it is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change and impact the way children feel and think. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build up children’s confidence, musical appreciation and compositional and performance skills. We promote the importance of learning and enjoying to play a musical instrument by investing time and money in specialist teachers and visiting musicians. Music is also a thread that permeates our whole school curriculum and can be found to support other subjects through singing and performing.
Underpinned by the following Coppull Parish Drivers
Developing speech and Language
It is well-documented that music is the foundation of communication, a concept that is of great interest to Speech & Language Therapists. Speech includes rhythm in the form of syllables and melody in the form of intonation. Early language development is naturally supported by singing nursery rhymes to young children, as there are limited key words and lots of repetition to encourage imitation.
Music is an international language that crosses all barriers. It is a way to reach out to people of any background who struggle to express themselves as the result of communication impairments.
At Coppull Parish we celebrate a ‘Musician of the Month’, which is selected from a variety of genes, ages and cultures. Each music lesson also begins with listening to and appraising a piece of music.
Mental Health And Wellbeing
Research has found that music releases dopamine, the feel-good chemical in your brain. It has also found that dopamine was up to 9% higher when volunteers listened to music that they enjoyed. It may be obvious to us, but it is strong evidence for the link between music and mental wellbeing, and one that we promote in school. The psychological effects of music can also be powerful and wide-ranging. Music therapy is an intervention sometimes utilised to promote emotional health, help people to cope with stress, and boost psychological well-being. Music can relax the mind, energize the body, and even help people better manage pain.