Upland Primary School is committed to encouraging creativity and achievement through a broad and varied music curriculum as well as to promote the role music plays in the life of the school and wider community.

Purpose of study

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

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

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and life to everything… Without music, life would be an error. (Plato)

“The value of music as an academic subject lies in its contribution to enjoyment and enrichment, for its social benefits, for those who engage in music seriously as well as for fun. High quality music education enables lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of, music, as well as underpinning excellence and professionalism for those who choose not to pursue a career in music. Our vision is to enable children from all backgrounds and every part of England to have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument; to make music with others; to learn to sing; and to have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence. ” Dfe (The National plan for music)

Across their time at Upland Primary school we strive to provide all children with opportunities to explore music and develop their creativity through high quality access to a wide range of whole class instrumental lessons and develop their enjoyment of singing with support from Bird College, music hub for Bexley.

The aims of the Music curriculum are:

  • develop aesthetic sensitivity and creative ability in all pupils.
  • foster pupils’ sensitivity to, and their understanding and enjoyment of, music through an active involvement in listening, composing and performing.
  • provide for the expression and development of individual skills and for sharing experience and cooperating with others; singing, playing, composing and listening can give individual and collective satisfaction.
  • develop an awareness of musical traditions and developments in a variety of cultures and societies.
  • the capacity to express ideas, thoughts and feelings through music
  • provide the opportunity to experience a feeling of fulfillment which derives from striving for the highest possible artistic and technical standard.