Music is and should be recognised as one of the most universal and accessible of all academic disciplines.
Music is one of the earliest sensory experiences that we as humans experience. Even before any language is encountered infants will often experience music in its most accessible form: through a parent singing to them. We also know that the sound of music can have a soothing effect on humans ranging from early infancy through to the later stages in life. Indeed we know from research that, in cases of dementia and memory loss, music has the power to unlock long forgotten memories to provide quality experiences and memories.
Every culture and society in the world has a musical tradition whether this be a folk aural tradition or a more precisely annotated tradition. Every society will have an identity that can express itself through its musical traditions. This will cover all sections of a society and classes within that society as well as sub-cultures.
The benefits of practical music making can never be overstated as we know from research carried out that Practical music making stimulates the same neural pathways that are needed for literacy, numeracy and foreign languages. In addition we also know that practical music making has a positive impact on mental health and related issues.
As a result of all of the above we believe that through music we are able to facilitate personal resilience as well as providing skills that can last a lifetime and give an outlet for peoples self- expression as well as introducing the concept of Cultural Capital that will help enable students to achieve their full potentials in the wider world and society
Here you can find the curriculum maps for Music for the academic year 2020-21. This is subject to change as we move through the year, especially the Year 11 section. As we approach the final exams the topics revised will be based on the needs of the students and therefore cannot be set at this stage.
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