At Walsall Wood we believe that music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression and can also play an important part in helping children to feel part of a community. In our music sessions, we provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, and to develop the skills to critically appreciate and appraise a wide variety of musical forms.
Music sessions are delivered by the class teacher using a Musical School Scheme, Charanga. The Scheme supports all the requirements of the National Curriculum and enables children to understand musical concepts through a repetition-based approach to learning. Learning about the same musical concept through diﬀerent musical activities enables a more secure, deeper learning and mastery of musical skills. These sessions provide the children with the opportunity to develop confidence, listen to music from a range of cultures and genres to perform to a small group and to a larger audience, as well as the key skills and knowledge that will be key lifelong attributes.
In addition to Music lessons, we also employ a Music teacher who delivers small group tuition using clarinets and saxophones providing children with a fantastic opportunity for learning.
We believe that music enriches the lives of people, and so we wish to involve as many children as possible in musical activities. We have a school choir which we encourage all children, from year 3 onwards, to join. The choir meets on a weekly basis and, although its primary aim is to enable children to enjoy singing together, it also performs in public on a number of occasions throughout the year.