All children study music as part of the National Curriculum. They have opportunities for participation in and appreciation of a wide range of music and have the opportunity to sing and play a wide range of instruments. They create music from an early age and learn elements of reading music.

At Marshwood CE Primary Academy, we know that music promotes positivity, self-confidence and a sense of community. We believe that it should be a part of our everyday experience at school, whether through singing Worships, performances or music lessons. We aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music.

In Dorset children in Years 3 & 4 take part in the Music For All scheme. This scheme allows all children to learn a musical instrument for free over a 10 week period before some of the children are selected top carry on with the lessons which are delivered by a specialist Music teacher. Should you wish for your child to have individual lessons during the school day, please contact the school office who would be happy to arrange this.  Individual lessons would incur an additional cost.

In Key Stage 1, the children will learn to use their voices to sing expressively through learning songs. In each session, the children will listen to a new song and appraise the piece. Throughout the year the children will be explore and play tuned and untuned instruments, which will include contributing to group and class compositions where there will be opportunities to rehearse and perform.

In Key Stage 2, the children will also play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using both their voice and instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.  As part of the music session, the children will be exposed to a variety of musicians and composers. They will be guided on how to appraise the piece of music through attentive listening, this will support their understanding of the history of music. The children will learn how to read and record notation so that they can rehearse and perform collectively.

Music is to be shared and enjoyed and we take every opportunity for children to share their performances in worship, in church and for the wider community. Our older children take part in a concert at the Guildhall in Axminster each year.