Our Sandlings ethos “Sandlings is a unique, nurturing school where everyone belongs and thrives” can be seen throughout our Music curriculum and provision but in particular thriving and developing a sense of belonging.

We want children to be successful through learning through real experiences i.e. performing to others, for children to understand their learning i.e. the need for patience and repetition to learn music and be creative in their in their learning i.e. finding different ways to portray emotion through music or song.

Cultural capital gives our pupils the vital background knowledge required to be informed and thoughtful members of our community who understand and believe in British values.

The characteristics we aim to foster in our children our through music education are:

  • A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
  • A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalization and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise.
  • Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
  • An excellent understanding of how musical provenance – the historical, social and cultural origins of music – contributes to the diversity of musical styles.
  • A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.

The 4 threshold concepts which drive our music curriculum are:

  1. Perform – develop an understanding that music is created to be performed
  2. Compose – appreciate that music is created through a process which has a number of techniques.
  3. Transcribe – develop an understanding that compositions need to be understood by others and that there are techniques and a language for communicating them.
  4. Describe- appreciating the features and effectiveness of musical elements.