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. It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity, and fulfilment. (The National Curriculum-Handbook for secondary teachers in England)
- To keep alive the enjoyment of music by providing opportunities for performing, composing, listening and appraising.
- To widen musical horizons by introducing music from a variety of historical and cultural backgrounds.
- To develop sensitivity to music by expanding music skills and knowledge.
- To provide a vehicle for the expression and understanding of feelings and thoughts which are better conveyed by music than by other forms of art and communication.
- To provide aesthetic stimulation.
- To develop skills of a general nature such as inventiveness, co-ordination and the ability to analyse.
- To provide a body of knowledge and skills this will serve as a basis for further study or for leisure or both.
- To expand on the experiences already gained in other schools (mainstream or special)
- To increase the awareness of the variety of music available, and to cultivate a more critical musical ear.
- To engender an understanding of musical language so that students begin to appreciate the technical side of the subject balanced against the overall effects of mood/character/form etc.
- To perform and compose music for themselves and for others using classroom instruments and other instruments, voices and created sounds.