At Rushall Primary, the teaching and learning of Music plays a vital role in improving mental well-being and developing self-esteem, self-discipline and creativity.
Through our teaching of music the skills involved in playing, composing and listening to different styles will help our children to further develop memory, co-ordination and resilience.
Children learn to sing songs and play instruments to celebrate different cultures in music from past to present day.
Through an inspiring curriculum, we offer our children a wide range of experiences that will help to prepare them for Music beyond Rushall- giving them the skills to continue their passion for music throughout their school career and beyond.
Children will learn to play a brass instrument (Years 4-6), alongside a variety of other instruments throughout their time at Rushall.
They will also be given numerous opportunities to perform in a variety of settings, pushing boundaries and taking risks to allow them to experience a sense of achievement and pride.
Singing features heavily across the curriculum, not just in music lessons.
Children at Rushall have taken part in prestigious events such 'Young Voices' at the LG Arena, Birmingham and took part in the first virtual concert 'Winter Wish List' with other Walsall schools.
We also have two classes taking part in Walsall school's Infant and Junior Singing Festival during the summer term.
Pupils are taught through the popular and enriching 'Charanga' curriculum.
It is our aim to ensure that children at Rushall are continued to be immersed in a holistic approach to music teaching that combine the key skills of listening, evaluating and composing.
This is why we use Charanga as it supports inclusive music and arts education in school and it enables staff music specialists and non-specialists in music are able to teach from a valuable tool of resources that will positively impact on their enjoyment to teach music.
In Years 4, 5 and 6, all children have the fantastic opportunity to learn to play a brass instrument. Miss Miller from Walsall Music Hub is our specialist brass teacher. Each week she works with year 4 and 5, as a whole class, teaching them how to play either a trumpet, trombone, or a baritone. They will also learn how to read music. They are then given the choice to continue their instrument in year 6, where they will work in smaller groups or individually to develop their skills further and are given the opportunity to take a graded exam.
Composer/Musician of the month
Each month, we celebrate a 'Composer of the month' or a 'Musician of the month' in school.
This enables children at Rushall to grow an appreciation and understanding towards a wider range of music from different eras, traditions and genres.
By enabling this, we are also ensuring that our children have access to a wide range of music from varied composers and musicians.
Our children have already developed their knowledge about a variety of composers and musicians from the past to present day.
Our musicians/composers of the month for 2022-2023 are listed below.
|March||Ladysmith Black Mambazo|
- To provide opportunities for every child to express their thoughts and feelings through music.
- To ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument.
- To teach children about a range of cultures through music, and ensure sound knowledge of music history.
- To provide outstanding teaching that reaches every child, ensuring individual talents and abilities are nurtured and encouraged from the earliest possible point.
- To develop communication and social skills through learning Makaton songs.
- To promote enjoyment and aid memory in all areas of the curriculum through singing.
- To promote enrichment opportunities and parental engagement through music.
Our Music lead is Miss Philippa Mills
Each pupil can learn:
- To learn to use their voices and sing in tune with other people
- To recognise pulse and pitch
- To play tuned and untuned musical instruments with control and sensitivity
- To work collaboratively with others to create musical compositions, recognising how sounds combine together to make a final piece
- To 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
- To develop knowledge of musical notation and how to compose music