Music at St. Thomas'
Music is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging links between home, school and the wider world. We teach music to develop pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality.
We aim to encourage the development of:
Enjoyment; enthusiasm; confidence; satisfaction and technical ability through practical involvement
Perceptual skills through listening, performing and composing (thinking skills – reasoning; enquiry and evaluation skills)
A wide variety of personal and group responses to sounds, demanding an involvement intellectually, physically, spiritually and emotionally (promoting intercultural development)
Using different ways to represent sounds graphically and symbolically
Technology as a tool for creating, manipulating and storing sounds (key skills- information technology and thinking skills – information processing).