We pride ourselves on our quality music provision at MBA.
The music curriculum at MBA enables pupils to develop their musical creativity through practical and exploratory opportunities. It aims to develop them as performers, composers, improvisers and listeners.
Through deliberate practice, pupils become fluent in their knowledge of music. As they move through school, they also develop an increasing understanding of the history of music, learning about music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
Music is a highly creative subject supporting pupils to develop their own musical ideas. Creativity in music is encouraged through pupil’s improvisations and compositions when singing and playing instruments. They make connections between ‘new’ and ‘old’ learning, solve problems and think critically to develop and improve their ideas.
At MBA, the music curriculum is sequenced carefully to ensure that previous knowledge is revisited and built on. Each unit is carefully planned to ensure that prerequisite knowledge is built upon and connected content, between aspects within music and other disciplines, are carefully linked and revisited. Units always begin by revisiting pulse, rhythm and pitch. The key areas of learning that include;
- Listening and appraising
- Musical activities – (including warm up games, singing, playing instruments, improvisation and composition.)
Each unit of music has an ongoing musical learning focus and a unit specific focus. Ongoing musical learning includes building on pupil’s prior knowledge to develop new knowledge about how they can improve their skills in listening and appraising, musical activities (games, singing, playing, improvising and composing, and performing. Unit specific knowledge focuses on musical skills and concepts that may be discrete to a particular style or styles of music relevant to the unit.
During music lessons and through retrieval, assessments are made focusing on the content and performance involving qualitative verbal feedback. Learning is digitally recorded when appropriate.
- In EYFS music is woven into the curriculum and clapping beats forms part of daily practice.
- Key Stage 1 children have weekly drumming lessons by our artist in residence Mark. We feel it is important that children have the opportunity , whilst at MBA to be taught music by experts so at least half an hour each week KS1 have expert music tuition.
- In year 4, 5 and 6 the children are taught to play the Ukulele from Birmingham Music service. The children thoroughly enjoy learning to play this fun instrument and have performed in a number of fantastic venues such as the Adrian Bolt Hall and at The Symphony Hall.
- As an academy we follow the Charranga music curriculum which allows the children to learn music theory, practical lessons and performance rich activities.
At the end of every school Year, Year 6, take part in a Leaver’s production enabling them to demonstrate the performance skills they have developed during their time in primary education.