It is our intention to provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. We aim for every child to have found their means of musical expression, whether that be through singing or playing a favoured instrument.
In order to achieve this, we provide a rich curriculum for all learners, including the most disadvantaged, that teaches skills in: how to play, perform, improvise and compose music; how to listen to sounds and understand musical notation; and to develop an understanding of the history of music. Furthermore, we provide experiences such as carol concerts where children can explore their passion for singing; arts festivals where children can sing, dance and play instruments; and we attend the Young Voices event where children can experience being part of a far larger choir. These events give children’s musical education a genuine purpose and provide memorable experiences. Lastly, children can, through the use of a peripatetic teacher, explore their passion for a number of instruments, including guitar and wind instruments.
In short, we aim for every child at Cuxton to view themselves as a musician.