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The Teaching of Music at St Mary and St Benedict


At St Mary and St Benedict School we make music an enjoyable learning experience. We encourage children to participate in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build the confidence of all children. Singing lies at the heart of good music teaching. Our teaching focuses on developing the children’s ability to sing in tune and with other people. Through singing songs, children learn about the structure and organisation of music. We teach them to listen and to appreciate different forms of music. As children get older, we expect them to maintain their concentration for longer and to listen to more extended pieces of music. Children develop descriptive skills in music lessons when learning about how music can represent feelings and emotions. We teach them the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch. We also teach children how to work with others to make music, how individuals combine together to make sounds and how to compose music to play together.


With support from the Wider Opportunities Funding,  we provide the opportunity for all pupils in Key Stage 2 to learn to play a musical instrument. Currently, Years 3 and 4 are learning to play the Recorder and Years 5 and 6 are learning to play the Ukelele.


We recognise that there are children of widely different musical abilities in all classes, so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this in a variety of ways by:

  • setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
  • setting tasks of increasing difficulty (not all children complete all tasks);
  • grouping children by ability in the room and setting different tasks to each ability group;
  • providing resources of different complexity depending on the ability of the child;
  • using classroom assistants to support the work of individuals or groups of children
  • giving children the chance to perform in assemblies, hymn practices and collective worship.