At Bramble Academy, we firmly believe that every child should be given the opportunity to learn a wide variety of subjects so they can find their own interests and talents.
Using voices, bodies and instruments, children in all year groups learn to make music both individually and in groups.Every key stage works on a range of skills to develop an interest in music, whether listening to or creating it, performing or discussing, all children have access to a range of musical learning.
In Early Years, children focus on experimenting with instruments to make their own music and rhythms as well as expressing how music makes them feel. Singing is a part of every day and is used as a learning tool as well as a skill.All music is taught through the topics they are learning to give their learning purpose and make it fun. Every year Nursery and Reception work together to produce a nativity play at Christmas which is always a delight.In Spring and Summer term, Reception become more involved in whole school musical events where performing to larger groups is a part of the experience building confidence, resilience and an opportunity to aspire to perform more as they move through the school.
Year 1 and 2 build on those early years by using their voices with more expression and control when singing songs.Through topic work, children listen to a range of music and through PE create dances /sequences of movement to represent the story of those pieces.Children are encouraged to develop a wider musical vocabulary and begin to create more focused musical pieces using a range of instruments as well as experimenting with creating their own.Learning music through topic work ensures that children have the opportunity to delve deeper into the subject and get really excited about their work, learning for a purpose.At Christmas time, KS1 work together to produce a Christmas play sharing the key messages about the celebration, linking into their R.E. programs of study, where every pupil is given the chance to be on stage and play a role by singing, acting or playing instruments.
Through Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, children are given a range of opportunities to perform music in an assortment of ways to different audiences including recordings.It is in Key Stage 2 where our children learn more about the history of the music they are listening to or creating and begin to use different notation to write or improvise their own pieces of music. There is a greater emphasis on musical appreciation and the context of how the music was a part of a cultural context for topic work.
Singing forms an important of our assemblies, and our children love to join in with actions to motivational tracks with great enthusiasm.Each half term we hold showcase afternoons for parents during which the pupils perform a musical aspect each time to build resilience and confidence as well as to give a purpose to learning and practising the skills.Our Academy believes it is important to create opportunities to share our work with parents that engages everyone and so we have begun to develop a program of events both in school and around our community such as Harvest Festival and Carol Concerts at the local Church, summer productions, The Bramble Factor, singing at local events and working in partnership with local schools to celebrate our common love of music.
The Bramble Choir
Representing children from year 1 to year 6, The Bramble Choir is a small group who love to sing and, lead by Miss Evans, have performed at local events such as the Christmas Lights Switch on, and sung in support of charities such as Dementia Care at Kings Mill Hospital.They have also visited local residential care homes to bring cheer to the elderly and performed at school events. They have big plans to be competition ready by the end of the year so watch this space!
These are some of the specific benefits of music education, put forward by Music Education online.
1. Early musical training helps develop areas of the brain engaged in language and reasoning.
2. Musical training also helps improve spatial intelligence, and the thinking needed in everything from packing a book-bag in the morning to solving advanced mathematical problems.
3. Music students learn to think creatively and solve problems.
4. Recent studies suggest that music students are more successful at standardized tests such as SATs.
5. Studying music provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures, encouraging them to be empathetic to other people groups.
6. Students of music learn craftsmanship, how details are painstakingly put together, and what constitutes good as opposed to mediocre work.
7. Through music children learn the value of sustained effort in achieving excellence and the concrete rewards of hard work.
8. Musical activities enhance teamwork skills and discipline, as they learn to communicate andcooperate with one another.
9. Music provides children with a means of self-expression. Self-esteem is a by-product of this self-expression.
10. Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and to take risks. Dealing with it early and frequently makes it less of a problem later.
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