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Music Lead - Mrs Callender

Music Curriculum


Our Vision

At South Green Infant and Nursery School, our vision is to provide a rich and varied music curriculum which enhances every child’s creative potential. We offer every child the opportunity to sing, play instruments and respond to a wide variety of musical styles. Music is embedded within the curriculum as a fundamental creative language.



  • To develop a sensitive response to sound in general and in particular to those organised patterns of sound known as ‘music’.


  • To develop insight through music into new areas of experience, some of which cannot easily be put into words.


  • To develop the capacity to express ideas and feelings symbolically through the medium of sound.


  • To develop the necessary skills and ideas to be able to engage in successful music-making activities.


  • To develop social skills and collaborative awareness as a consequence and benefit of making music together.


  • To begin to develop an awareness of musical traditions in a variety of cultures, and times.


  • To ensure equal opportunities for all children irrespective of race, ability or gender.


  • To offer children of all levels of musical ability opportunities to experience personal satisfaction and increased self-confidence by striving to achieve the highest possible standards whilst engaged in musical activities.



  • Music is taught formally weekly to all year groups. The 7 elements of music, rhythm, pitch, texture, timbre, duration, structure and dynamics are taught in an interrelated style and always at an appropriate level for the age and stage of development of the child.
  • In EYFS children have music embedded within the curriculum as they use songs and rhymes as part of the daily routine.
  • Music is essentially taught as a practical subject. It bears most similarities to a language in that teaching about pitch or duration for example needs to happen frequently but in different contexts, each time moving the children further around and up the spiral of understanding. 
  • Children will be able to build on prior knowledge and experiences and link musical ideas together.
  • The musical curriculum is to be adapted and extended to match all pupils’ needs.
  • The Music sessions relate wherever possible to the themes related to the year group topic. 



  • At its very simplest music is organised sound and silence. Every session the children experience from Nursery to Year 2 will build upon the fundamental principles of listening and performing, creating and appraising.
  • Learning to sing as part of a larger group encourages children to have a sense of community. It also fosters the idea of teamwork, blending voices together to make a harmonious sound.
  • Learning songs helps children internalise language and the rhythms and rhymes of lyrics have a significant connection with the language of poetry.
  • Music has a very close connection to maths. Developing a feel for the beat and the pulse of the music, appreciating the repeating patterns all are helpful skills in mathematics.
  • Every child will be given the opportunity to play tuned and untuned percussion instruments, play drums in a whole class drumming group and sing a variety of songs in class and whole school groups.
  • Children are given the opportunity in Year 2 to learn to play the Recorder as an Extra-Curricular activity.
  • When children leave KS1 they should have an awareness of the power and value of music in everyone’s lives, from the impact of scary music in a film to listening to quiet music to relax.
  • They should feel confident that enjoyment of music is accessible and available to everyone and should they choose to develop their musical experience by learning an instrument they will have a sound grounding in the fundamentals of music.

Curriculum Overview


Progression in Music

Music Vocabulary

Music Policies

Useful Links for Music