Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling, and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world.
The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality.
At St. John’s, the main aim of our music teaching is for each child to develop a musical self. The whole approach is very practical with plenty of singing and musical activity. In addition to class music, there are opportunities throughout the school for children to join in violin, guitar, flute, drums, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and recorder lessons. Many of our junior children play a musical instrument. There are also school productions throughout the year where much singing and music-making takes place.