At Childwall Abbey School, we place great emphasis upon enjoyment and physical use of musical instruments within our Music lessons. Underpinned by basic musical theory and instrument knowledge, we endeavour to engage learners through accessible aspects of music – playing instruments.
For example, when learning drums our inspiration was the ‘Cadburys’/Phil Collins advertisement from a few years ago. We used a traditional drum kit alongside the electronic counterpart and some iPad apps linked to a Bluetooth speaker system for comparison.
Similarly, when learning basic guitar playing we considered the various types of guitar. Then we looked at the internet work of ‘Rip Tard’, and others, who manage to play a wide range of songs from four basic guitar chords.
We also recognised great composers when learning to play keyboard by considering the music notation for Fur Elise, by Beethoven, and seeking to replicate it through a Dubstep style.
We use a modified National Curriculum to meet the personalised needs of our pupils. We are integrating the revised National Curriculum for Music (see link below) from September 2014 and are confident our approach meets the main aims:
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations
Link for the National Curriculum for Music from September 2014 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-music-programmes-of-study