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Music Curriculum Lead - Michelle Amphlett


   Music Vision  

Our vision for music is that we aim to engage and encourage every child to develop a lifelong love of music. We want to inspire the minds of tomorrow to be confident, imaginative and creative musicians. Our music curriculum provides every child with a solid foundation in musical skills, from the physical action of using an instrument to learn the mathematical skills needed to keep a pulse. Every child will have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument (other than the voice) before leaving Brierley Hill Primary. We celebrate success through concert performances which showcase the children's talents and personal achievements. 



Detailed below is an overview of what your child will learn in music through each of the key stages.


Early Years

Children will be taught to sing songs, explore different sounds of instruments and represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings in music.


Key Stage 1

Children will be taught to use their voices expressively and creatively. They will play tuned and untuned instruments. They will listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality recorded music. They will experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.


Key Stage 2

Children will be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They will develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and producing sounds from aural memory. They will learn about great composers and musicians and develop an understanding of the history of music.



Merry Hill Choir Competition

Our after school Choir club took part in the Merry Hill Christmas Choir Competition at the beginning of December and the Brierley Hill Market traders Christmas Choir Competition.

The children worked extremely hard and it was lovely to see how confident and enthusiastic they all were - their amazing singing brought a tear to my eye! A huge thank you to Mrs Kennedy, Miss Bridgewood and Mrs Johnson for organising the club. Have a listen to the wonderful performances. 






Christmas Bell Ringing

Miss Bridgewood borrowed the hand bells from St Micheal's Church and taught a group of children to play them. These hand bells were found when the roof of the Church was being repaired last year. The bells were restored and are now back to their original condition. Have a listen to the amazing tunes the children played at the Carol Service.




Marvellous Musical Mondays

As soon as the children arrive in class on a Monday morning, they will listen to a piece of music by a famous composer. The children will try to identify any instruments they can hear and describe how the music makes them feel. 


So far we have listened to extracts from The Nutcracker Suite by the famous composer Tchaikovsky. The two extracts from the suite look at very different dances:- the whirling Russian Dance and the elegant Waltz of the Flowers. Have a listen to this wonderful music. 


We have also listened to 'Winter' from the Four Seasons composed by Vivaldi. In this first movement Vivaldi brilliantly conveys the biting cold, gusting wind, trembling bodies and chattering teeth on his beloved violin. Have a listen to this amazing piece of music.