Through nurturing children’s love of music and sparking their curiosity, the music curriculum at Mudeford Junior School develops the musician in every child. The carefully designed and progressively sequenced curriculum, enables every child to acquire the knowledge and skills that will give them the confidence to creatively manipulate musical ideas and structures for a variety of purposes.
As the children progress through the curriculum, their control and confidence in using a range of instruments from voice to glockenspiels, to djembes to Samba band, improves and equips them to tackle the broader skills of composing and improvising. These skills empower the children to explore and be creative with music, independently and through collaboration with others.
The children have the opportunity to listen to and evaluate critically, a wide-range of music, that encompasses the great composers from history, as well as the music from modern culture. We provide experiences: live performances, visits to and from local musicians like the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, which broaden the children’s perceptions and open their minds to music of the local and wider world, ensuring the curriculum is challenging and thought-provoking through engaging the children with range of instruments, Global Week, and Community Cohesion Week.
Children leave our school with the confidence to express their individual creativity through the skills of composing, improvising, listening, singing, performing and playing. Their awareness of musicians, instruments and composers ensures that they are able to create and appreciate their own music and all music they encounter; skills that will stay with them for life.
What Music Looks Like at Mudeford Junior School
Our children have opportunities to listen to, compose and perform their own music throughout each year. They will also learn to play a variety of instruments from glockenspiels to Samba band instruments which provides them with many of the tools for life-long music appreciation.
In 2019 we have been lucky enough to have visits from a Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra trio (B.S.O.) for the whole school on the theme of animals, which will really help the Year 4s in their study of 'Carnival of the Animals'. Thank you to Soundstorm for organising this wonderful opportunity. Then, the Year 5s and 6s, had a live performance from Highcliffe Rock Band, to inspire and instruct the children on the features of Rock music.
Year 5 Singing
We have been working really hard this half term on learning the song 'Stereo Hearts' by Benjamin Levin , Ammar Malik , Brandon Lowry , Daniel Omelio , Adam Levine , Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo , Matthew McGinley , Travis McCoy and Eric Roberts. We split off into groups so that we could learn the: rap section, bass line, 'ooos' and main tune, then we put it all back together. Wow! They sound great - one very proud music teacher!