Music Vision Statement
“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning” (Plato)
At St John’s we strive to engage and inspire all children to experience and develop a love of music whilst also discovering and developing their own talents as musicians. Through our music curriculum, we provide children with the tools to develop self confidence, creativity and a growing sense of achievement.
St John’s is a school with singing at its heart. We love to find a reason to gather together to celebrate or to mark a moment in the year. We sing to enhance and support our values and to take time to reflect and to worship. We sing for the sheer joy of making music together and making our community stronger.
During our site-specific singing assemblies, we not only promote good vocal and performance technique, but strive to develop and provide loops of learning for the musical elements explored in lessons. We encourage children to engage with a wide variety of chronologically and culturally diverse repertoire through listening and singing.
Composing experience develops through an in depth and progressive understanding of the seven essential musical elements that make up all pieces of music. Pupils are able to use their growing musical vocabulary to discuss and analyse the work of professional musicians, as well as their peers and express their feelings about the repertoire. Through this understanding, they are able to begin to develop their own ideas with increasing complexity and musicality.
Children are encouraged to take part in our large extra curricular Junior choir where they are able to participate in many varied performances, from large arenas to smaller local historical venues. All pupils are encouraged to take up an instrument and tuition is available through our partnership with Bristol Beacon and our piano tutors. We celebrate the achievements of our musicians in our annual Music concert.
From KS1 pupils are introduced to formal written notation alongside a kinesthetic approach to learning about rhythm and pitch. In KS2 pupils develop these skills and put their knowledge to use in whole class percussion and tuned instrumental activities.
Throughout the year, we regularly invite professional musicians and musical visitors to school to inspire us and to share their love of music and performing. Our Music Week and House Event, challenges children to work together across year groups to develop and share their musical ideas and skills.
Model Music Curriculum: Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing. The sheer joy of music making can feed the soul of a school community, enriching each student while strengthening the shared bonds of support and trust which make a great school.
“Music can change the world because it can change people.” Bono