Music

Why do we study Music at Christ’s College?
The intent of the Music Curriculum at Christ’s College it to develop students understanding of music from around the world as well as how music is created. Students will enjoy and appreciate music through experience, composition and performance. This will enable them to be critically aware of the roles (positive and negative) of music in society and use this awareness in composition and performance. Students will learn that music is a creative gift given to people, and it is an aesthetic element that is integral to life and that can transcend cultures and generations. It enables expressions of joy, of thankfulness, love and hope and also of sadness, cruelty and despair on behalf of others and self.

Throughout Key Stage 3 students will work through topics such as Folk Music, The Orchestra, Chinese music and many more. These topics allow for students to learn the different situations of the past that resulted in music we hear today. Students will become aware that through musical composition, performance and appreciation of performance we can enrich others’ and our own lives, in school and the community. This will be done by studying works from famous classical composers and modern composers. By studying these works and historical facts students are open to different creative styles and given the opportunity to explore their creative needs. Music conveys issues symbolically in aesthetically beautiful ways. Music can serve God and our neighbours, or it can be used to promote destructive values and for propaganda against which we need to guard and be able to discern and critique its intent and provenance. Music can represent real life and musicians can be agents of reconciliation.

Through the learning of music students will develop their analytical skills through listening and analysing the different elements of music. They will also develop their creative skills through learning different genres and learning how to create music using these skills along with different forms of technology.

We want students to value truth, compassion for the poor and disadvantaged, respect for others, cooperation, validity, expressiveness, beauty, perseverance, coordination, precision in observation and action, good judgement and interpretation, and accuracy. Such skills provide the tools for an individual to grow in character to fulfil a meaningful role in society.

 

Subject Staff
Primary Music Lead: Miss J Smith
Secondary Faculty Lead: Ms C Hodgson
Secondary Music Teacher: Mrs E Senior