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Music Curriculum Statement

Music is an extremely important subject for all children to learn, and can lead to better brain development, increase in human connection and boost creativity.

The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music
  • Learn to sing, create and compose music
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated


At Hanbury Primary, it is our intention that we provide all children with the opportunity to experience and enjoy music in many forms through the main activities of listening, singing, performing, composing, evaluating and analysing, across a wide variety of historical periods, styles, traditions and musical genres. We make sure they have opportunities to experience the aesthetic and therapeutic qualities of music.


The music curriculum is embedded in the classroom activities as well as the weekly singing assemblies, concerts and performances and the learning of instruments (Covid restrictions allowing). At Hanbury Primary, musical activity can originate in children's singing games, songs of local cultural or historical interest, music for celebrations, worship and festivals, composition or rehearsal for school performances or events, or the opportunity to hear live performances, as well as weekly music lessons.


Whilst in school, the children have access to a varied programme, which allows children to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates a rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of other and self-reflection.


Music has a power of forming the character and should therefore be introduced into the education of the young. (Aristotle)