Being a Musician
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
At Charlton, music learning is a classroom-based participatory and inclusive approach. During lessons, pupils are actively involved in using and developing their singing voices, using body percussion and whole-body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and other’s music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, pupils can explore sounds, actively listen, compose and perform.
Each unit of learning has as its focus one process such as performance or composition, or one dimension such as pitch; the learning is progressive within the context of all the inter-related processes and dimensions of music.
Wherever appropriate, pupils who have instrument lessons are invited to bring their instruments into classroom music lessons.
Music learning is not limited to classroom teaching. At Charlton, music is celebrated in a variety of ways and pupils are encouraged to be involved in a range of musical opportunities. Musical opportunities in school include weekly singing assemblies for both Lower School and Upper School, assemblies with a composer study focus, Lower School choir club, beginner and intermediate recorder club, Vale Academy Trust Choir, Vale Academy Trust Singing Festival, opportunities for collective worship whereby music is an integral part of the celebration and the opportunity for each year group to perform to the school and/or parents.
In addition to this, pupils are also able to access instrument lessons which include brass, piano, clarinet, flute, violin and guitar. These pupils are also invited to perform in assemblies with their music teacher over the course of the year.
Music is an integral part of school life and its value is recognised. As such, at Charlton, we have a dedicated music room for the safe storage of instruments and for instrument lessons as well as a Music Specialist who is able to provide bespoke CPD for teachers and enrichment opportunities for our pupils.