Classroom Music Education


  • to develop musicianship
  • to develop creativity in sound.

Within Westbrook Old Hall Primary School the children receive a weekly classroom music lesson.  The regular and practical nature of these lessons ensures progression in musicianship across the primary years. The children are regularly exposed to the skills of listening, singing, playing instruments and composing.

At a very basic level, music comprises of sound patterns and contrast in sound. The children's attention is focused upon these two aspects. They learn to recognise and then create patterns as well as to recognise how contrast is generated through the varying dimensions of music.

Patterns over patterns, patterns after patterns. Contrast in sound created by changes in timbre (sound quality), duration, pitch, dynamics, tempo and texture. This is the basis of the musical teaching within the classroom.

In the classroom the songs are selected or composed to match vocal development at the given age. The voice is seen as an instrument and at all ages the children are encouraged to sing and play. Instrumental parts are sung before they are played.

The children are taught the Curwen Hand Signs to help develop their sense of pitch. They are also introduced to and use the French rhythm names to chant ostinato (repeated) patterns.

The children are exposed to notation from the outset through the use of ICT programmes within lesson delivery and from printed song scores. They access this as part of their musicianship but it is always sound before symbol.        

The children are introduced to the Garage Band App and use it to compose their own music.

J. Oates